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Poll: Trump unpopular with Hispanics

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GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump is deeply unpopular among Hispanic voters, according to a new poll.

Over three-fourths of Hispanic Americans have an unfavorable opinion of the outspoken billionaire, according to the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) survey.

{mosads}Trump is viewed unfavorably by 80 percent of that demographic, the group reported Tuesday. Of that total, 59 percent have a “very unfavorable” opinion of the real estate tycoon heading into 2016.

Trump also has high name recognition, the poll added, with just 4 percent of Hispanic Americans not recognizing the business mogul and 5 percent having no opinion.

Other Republicans are also viewed negatively by respondents to the poll.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) is viewed unfavorably by 45 percent of Hispanics, according to the poll, while 28 percent view him favorably. 

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is viewed unfavorably by 35 percent, while 17 percent view him favorably.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is viewed unfavorably by 32 percent of Hispanics, according to the poll, compared to 20 percent who view him favorably.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson receives the lowest unfavorability rating, at 18 percent. Thirty-two percent of Hispanics polled view him favorably, while 37 percent have not heard of him.

The PRRI conducted its lasted sampling of 106 Hispanic Americans via telephone interviews in English and Spanish Nov. 6-10. It has a 3.7 percent margin of error at the 95 percent confidence level.

Trump has repeatedly vowed he is winning the Hispanic vote next year despite his harsh rhetoric on border security and illegal immigration.

Critics frequently argue his message on illegal immigrants, particularly Hispanics, is derogatory.

He has nonetheless made sharply curbing illegal immigration and building up border defenses central parts of his campaign message.

Republican leadership has vowed it would make the party’s platform more appealing to Hispanics and other minorities next year.

The Republican National Committee concluded in its autopsy of the 2012 election cycle it could better reach those voters.

Trump’s entrance into the GOP’s 2016 presidential field has complicated those plans given his tough talk on immigration policies.

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