Most Hispanic U.S. voters support closing the southern border in response to the ongoing immigration crisis, according to a new poll.
So much for the conventional political wisdom that being tough on immigration repels Latino votes.
The Convention of States Action and Trafalgar Group poll found that 65% of U.S. Hispanics believe the border should be sealed until the record-high surge of migrants into the country is under control.
That’s 10 percentage points higher than the average among the general U.S. public (55%) and eight points higher than among whites (57%).
- Nearly 90% of Republicans support the proposed border shutdown compared to 22% of Democrats, per the poll.
THE BIG PICTURE
There has long been bipartisan consensus that a liberal immigration agenda is key to wooing Hispanics, the largest U.S. minority group, while hardline rhetoric and policies are sure to turn them off.
- In a June 2021 analysis for the Brookings Institution, policy expert Gabriel Sanchez argued that the 2022 midterm elections present a “golden opportunity” for Democrats to win over Hispanic voters with a focus on immigration reform.
But Hispanic voters’ dramatic swing toward the MAGA-dominated GOP has called that view into question.
- According to a Wall Street Journal poll published in March, Hispanics plan to vote for a Republican candidate over a Democrat in November by 9 percentage points, a stunning 53-point partisan shift since 2012.
- Meanwhile, activist organizations have started to scrub the word “Latinx” from their communications, after polling showed only 3% of Hispanics use the woke term and 40% find it offensive.
- “Do I think that Democrats’ heads should be on fire over this issue?” Ivan Zapien, a Democratic lobbyist and former executive director at the Hispanic Leadership Council of the Democratic National Committee, told The Hill in December. “Yeah, I do.”