Emerson College released a poll Tuesday showing even levels of support for Republicans and Democrats among Latinos in Florida.
Thirty-eight percent of Hispanics surveyed view the Republican Party as favorably as the Democratic Party. Until recently, Latinos were a reliable constituency for Florida Democrats.
The Emerson poll found the economy was by far the most important issue among Florida Hispanics, with Republicans enjoying a 6-point lead on economic policy among respondents. Nine percent of those polled chose social justice as their most important issue, 3 percent chose COVID-19, and just 1 percent identified gun violence. Many Hispanics, who were interviewed in focus groups for the poll, associate the Trump administration with a strong economy.
"I personally don't like Trump's character," one young woman told pollsters, "but … we did have a good economy, with him as our president, you know?"