Poll: Trump's Hispanic support on par with Romney in 2012

Poll: Trump's Hispanic support on par with Romney in 2012
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE is running nearly even in Hispanic support compared to Republicans' last two presidential nominees, according to a new poll.

In a two-way race against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Iowa Democrats brace for caucus turnout surge MORE, a Pew Research poll found that 24 percent of Hispanic registered voters support Trump. 


Those numbers reflect Hispanic support for the two last Republican presidential nominees, Mitt Romney — who polled at 21 percent — and Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainPelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Romney: Trump 'has distanced himself from some of the best qualities of the human character' MSNBC host: Barr 'the most dangerous person' who works for Trump MORE (R-Ariz.) — 23 percent — before the 2012 and 2008 elections. 

Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, is currently favored by 66 percent of registered Hispanics in a head-to-head with Trump.

With Libertarian Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonAmash won't rule out Libertarian challenge to Trump Buzz grows Amash will challenge Trump as a Libertarian Potential GOP primary challenger: Trump's 'contempt for the American people' behind possible bid MORE in the mix, Clinton gets 58 percent support, Trump 20 percent and Johnson 13 percent. Among all demographic groups, Clinton's lead is cut to 45 percent, Trump jumps to 36 percent, and Johnson commands 11 percent of voter intent.

Trump's low numbers with Hispanics reflect a campaign that on several occasions has irked the voting bloc. 

In his inaugural campaign speech in June of last year, Trump said Mexican immigrants are "rapists" who are "bringing crime." Trump further damaged his rapport with Mexican Americans, by far the largest subgroup within U.S. Hispanics, by promising to build a wall on the southern border.

In June, Trump said Federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel could not be objective in a case involving Trump University because "he's Mexican." Curiel was born in Indiana.

While Romney did not focus on immigration as heavily in 2012, he angered many Hispanics by promoting "self-deportation" for undocumented immigrants, ultimately receiving 27 percent of the Latino vote, according to exit polls.

Hispanic voters could decide the election in Colorado, Florida and Nevada, key battleground states in 2016. 

Clinton's advantage in perception among Latinos is likely unsurmountable, but whether that translates to states won will depend on registration and turnout. 

Latinos are less likely to register to vote, and less likely to vote once registered, than any other ethnicity. In the survey, Pew reported only 49 percent of eligible Latinos are "absolutely certain" they are registered, compared to 69 percent of African Americans and 80 percent of whites.

In the subgroup of Latinos who aren't sure if they registered, Clinton leads Trump 87 percent to 7 percent.