President Donald Trump has the approval of nearly half of Latinos for the way he’s handled the coronavirus pandemic, a new poll showed.
The Latino Decisions survey, released Friday, found 45% of Latinos approving of the president’s handling of the outbreak.
The poll also found 47% say Trump is providing clear and helpful information.
At the same time, it also found that 85% of Latinos said they trust their local officials to help them understand how to protect themselves during the crisis.
Yet when asked to agree with one of two statements assigning blame, 69% agreed Trump ignored the early-warning signs of coronavirus, hurting thousands of Americans, while 31% said there was nothing he could have done to prevent the outbreak and he should not be blamed.
In other findings, the poll showed 59% of Latinos said they would likely vote for former Vice President Joe Biden in November, compared with 22% who said they would vote for Trump.
The poll, commissioned by Somos Community Healthcare founder Henry Muñoz, the former finance chairman for the Democratic Party, surveyed 1,200 Latino voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.
Steve Cortes, a spokesman for America First PAC, which supports the president, told Newsweek Latino approval numbers have surprised skeptics for years, particularly on the economy.
"A large part of the virus story is the needed economic recovery, and I'm confident Hispanic citizens continue to view Trump as an effective leader for entrepreneurs and small businesses,” he told Newsweek.
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