Another major surprise of the November election is that Donald Trump fared better with Latinos than Mitt Romney did in 2012 despite the billionaire’s controversial anti-immigration proposals. Some experts believe that the Hispanic vote too helped the Donald secure the U.S. presidency.
Official reports show that 65 percent of Latinos voted for Clinton, while 29 percent opted for her Republican rival. The Latino vote kept Clinton competitive in highly-disputed states. It also enabled her win by a hair in states such as Colorado and Nevada.
However, Clinton did not win over as many Hispanics voters than Barack Obama did in 2012. Back then, Latinos favored Obama 71 percent to 27 percent. Moreover, Bill Clinton got a larger share of the Latino pie in 1996. At the time, he gained 72 percent of the Latino support.
Polling Experts Startled by the Results
But it was a huge surprise that Trump secured 29 percent of the Hispanic vote this year. He defied nearly every pre-election poll, which placed the support a lot lower. For instance, a Latino Decisions poll which was carried out days before Election Day in eight battleground states revealed just 18 percent of Hispanics would vote for Trump. In the end, that figure was nearly twice as much.
The results startled polling experts and immigration advocates alike. They cannot grasp how the candidate scored so high among Latinos despite his promises. He repeatedly pledged to build a border wall to stop illegal immigration and to deport millions of undocumented aliens back to their home countries.
One polling expert said the difference between polls and reality was “implausible.” Polling institutions will now spend the next weeks reviewing election data to see why they got results so wrong. However, it has happened before with George W. Bush when polls showed Hispanic support at 44 percent. But the real support stood at 40 percent.
Nevertheless, experts say that even if more Hispanics had voted for Clinton, the election results would have been the same. Trump had massive gains with white voters in crucial battleground states such as North Carolina, Florida, and Pennsylvania, which is hard to overcome.
Trump Taken Out of Context
Nearly all experts agree that Clinton lost not because of Hispanics but because of white, suburban voters voting for Trump in larger numbers than expected. Also, despite Clinton’s feminist rhetoric, many white women stood with Trump.
Post-election surveys show Hispanics did not allow election polls and pundits influence their vote.
Denise Galvez, the founder of “Latinas for Trump, a pro-Trump group made by Hispanic women, commented on the results. She said that pollsters and pundits must have focused more on Trump’s fiery rhetoric and ignored the silent support among the Latino communities. Galvez thinks many Hispanics understood his platform. She doesn’t believe that the president-elect would literally deport 11 million illegal aliens or actually believed that all Mexicans were “rapists” and “criminals.”
“I knew and acknowledged his faults. But everybody took him out of context,”
Galvez also said.
In her opinion, Trump wanted to say that he will indeed deport illegal immigrants with criminal records, but help those who work hard to obtain the legal status. Also, it is unlikely he would build a physical border wall. But he is very likely to find a method to regain control of the country’s southwestern border.
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