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Latest Gallup poll: Hispanics really, really dislike Trump

Republican presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump speaks during a campaign pep rally on Friday in Mobile, Ala. (Aug. 21, 2015)
Republican presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump speaks during a campaign pep rally on Friday in Mobile, Ala. (Aug. 21, 2015) Associated Press

Donald Trump kicked off his presidential campaign by calling Mexican immigrants “rapists” and called the 14th Amendment of the constitution “unconstitutional” for granting children born in the U.S. citizenship.

So it’s not surprising that a new Gallup poll shows Hispanics have a negative view of Trump, but the extent of their dislike of Trump outstrips any other candidate by a factor of more than seven. Only 14 percent of Hispanics in the poll said they had a favorable view of Trump, against 65 percent that viewed him unfavorably. That gives him a “net favorability rating” of -51. The next worst candidates, Ted Cruz and Rick Perry, have net favorability ratings of -7.

Jeb Bush, in contrast, whose wife was born in Mexico, has a net favorability rating of +11, the highest rating among Republican contenders. This, along with the mostly tepid ratings of the other Republican contenders, lead the study authors to conclude that, even though “Trump has a highly unfavorable image among U.S. Hispanics ... at least for now, this doesn't seem to be tarnishing the rest of the Republican field.”

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton leads her rivals by a factor of eight among Hispanics, an even larger margin than Trump trails. Her favorability measure is +40 among Hispanics, compared to Bernie Sanders’ +5.

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