Noticias Telemundo Releases Its ‘One Year Out’ Poll, Taking Temperature of Likely Latino Voters

By A.J. Katz Comment

Noticias Telemundo is in the midst of a successful 2019. It was granted the first exclusive interview with Pres. Trump to a Spanish-language network, an interview conducted by Noticias Telemundo (and NBC Nightly News Saturday) anchor Jose Diaz Balart, and was a co-host for the first presidential Democratic primary debate of the 2020 cycle.

The network is now taking a deep dive into its Decision 2020 elections coverage with the release of the network’s State of the Latino Vote Poll – One Year Out, a survey of 1,000 Hispanic registered voters nationwide by telephone.

The calls were made from October 24 through October 28.

“Our main objective commissioning this poll exactly one year out is to prove to our community that Noticias Telemundo is committed to highlighting the needs of Latinos in the United States,” Telemundo’s svp for Elections 2020 and Special Projects Patsy Loris told TVNewser via statement. “To show that our vote is up for grabs and, most importantly, to empower them with the information they need to decide which candidate best represents them.”

Loris jumped to Noticias Telemundo back in May after three decades at Univision, where she had most recently been Univsion’s evp of news.

Here are some of the more noteworthy findings from Telemundo’s poll, produced in partnership with Jacksonville, Fla.-based Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy.

Electoral trends:

  • 64% of Hispanic registered voters would replace President Trump with a Democratic candidate. However, 73% of Latino Republicans say they’d re-elect him.
  • 50% either don’t think anyone can beat Trump (18%) or are not sure which Democratic candidate could (32%).
  • Former vp Joe Biden is the candidate of choice among 26% of Democratic voters, followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (18%), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (10%), Sen. Kamala Harris (3%), Julian Castro (2%), Beto O’Rourke (2%), who dropped out of the race just after this poll was taken; Pete Buttigieg (2%) and Sen. Cory Booker (1%).
  • 36% of the 581 Democrats who participated in the poll say they are undecided.
  • Healthcare (29%) is the issue that most influences Latinos to choose a candidate, followed by the Economy and Jobs (24%) and Immigration (14%).
  • 65% disapprove of the Trump administration’s handling of immigration policy.

President Trump:

  • 57% of Hispanic registered voters support impeaching Trump and removing him from office.
  • 64% disapprove of Trump’s performance as president.
  • 70% agree that Trump’s rhetoric has encouraged anti-immigrant sentiment, racism, and/or discrimination in the US.

Issues:

  • 72% of registered Latino voters are worried about becoming the victim of a hate crime like El Paso’s.
  • 82% are worried about foreign government intervention in the 2020 elections, including a majority (57%) of Surveyed Republicans.
  • 65% feel that Hispanics are being widely persecuted/discriminated against.

Noticias Telemundo has undergone an expansion process over the past couple of years to prepare for its Decision 2020 elections coverage, which kicked off with a move Telemundo Center in 2018 (after working out of an old shoe warehouse for three decades), and the addition of 10 journalists to its team, including three former New York Times en Español journalists.

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