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Democrats losing Latino voters to Republicans, new poll finds 

While most Latinos still prefer Democrats to keep control of Congress, the number has significantly decreased over the years

October 3, 2022 7:57am

Updated: October 4, 2022 3:41am

Democrats are losing a significant amount of Latino voters to Republicans compared to previous election cycles, a new poll released on Sunday shows less than six weeks before the November midterm elections. 

The survey, conducted by NBC News and Telemundo, found that 54% of Latino voters prefer Democrats to keep control of Congress after November's midterm elections. However, the number is five percentage points lower than in October 2020 and 13 points less than in November 2018, the poll found. 

"While Latinos continue to lean toward the Democratic Party and prefer Democratic control of Congress, Republicans have a higher share of the vote than we’ve measured previously," Aileen Cardona-Arroyo, who helped conduct the survey, told NBC News.

On the other hand, 33% of Latino voters say they prefer Republicans to take control of Congress after November’s elections. 

Additionally, the poll also found that 51% of Latinos approve of President Biden’s overall performance and 42% approve of how he has handled the border crisis, and 41% approve of his handling of the economy. This means that most Latino voters prefer Republicans to handle the economy and border security. 

However, the poll showed that Latinos back Democrats on issues such as abortion, the protection of constitutional rights, education, and gun laws. 

“Latinos are an incredibly diverse community, and there are many segments of Latino voters — not just one Latino voter,” added Cardona-Arroyo.

The poll surveyed 1,000 Latino registered voters on September 17 who identified themselves from at least 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries, including Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. The margin error is plus or minus three percentage points.