An exit poll conducted by Zogby Analytics on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) showed that the majority of Hispanic voters are in favor of strengthening immigration enforcement. According to the exit poll conducted on Nov. 9-10, the majority of Hispanic voters actually supported Donald Trump’s immigration plan over Hillary Clinton’s.
“The conventional wisdom that advocating enforcement of immigration laws is a deal-killer for Hispanic voters is just plain wrong. It is a myth perpetuated by groups and individuals with a political stake in maintaining mass immigration and by a bunch of high-price political consultants who continually misread public sentiment,” said Dan Stein president of FAIR.
Key findings of the exit poll include:
- 77.4% of Hispanic voters rated immigration as important or somewhat important in their voting decisions. That figure is substantially less than the 84.6% of all voters who said it was important or somewhat important, and a full ten percentage points less than the 87.8% of white voters who rated immigration as important or somewhat important.
- 58.5% of Hispanic voters said they “support Donald Trump’s immigration policies,” including many who said they do not like him as a person. Conversely, only 32.9% of Hispanic voters said they “support Hillary Clinton’s immigration policies,” even though a much greater percentage liked her as a person. Among all voters, 54.7% supported Trump’s immigration policies compared with 38.4% who supported Clinton’s.
- 36.% of Hispanic voters believe current immigration enforcement is too lax, double the number, 18.3%, who say it is too strict, and more than ten percentage points higher than those who think it is about right, 25.5%.
Read more on this story at FAIRUS.org.