President Donald Trump’s performance in the 2020 election was the best a Republican presidential candidate has done among minority voters in 60 years, according to NBC News’ exit polling.
NBC found that Trump won 26% of the vote among non-white voters, the highest since Richard Nixon’s unsuccessful campaign against John F. Kennedy in 1960. Trump won 21% of the minority vote in 2016.
In 2020, Trump won:
- 57% of white voters.
- 12% of Black voters.
- 32% of Hispanic and Latino voters.
- 31% of Asian voters.
- 40% of other voters.
Trump did particularly well among older Latinos, with 39% of Latinos over the age of 60, 29% of Latinos ages 45-59, and 32% of Latinos age 30-44.
“Perceptions of Trump as racist seem to be a core driving force pushing whites toward the Democrats. Why would the opposite pattern be holding among minority voters — i.e. the very people the president is purportedly being racist against?” Columbia University sociology professor Musa al-Gharbi wrote in an opinion piece for NBC News released days before the election. “It may be that many minority voters simply do not view some of his controversial comments and policies as racist. Too often, scholars try to test whether something is racist by looking exclusively at whether the rhetoric or proposals they disagree with resonate with whites. They frequently don’t even bother to test whether they might appeal to minorities, as well.”
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