While Democrats are targeting abortion as a winning strategy heading into the midterm elections, issues like inflation, jobs and the border are of greater importance to Latino voters, according to a new poll.
A poll of 1,000 registered Latino voters, conducted by NBC News and Telemundo, found that only 5% believe that abortion is the “most important issue facing the country.”
The issues that most concern Latino voters, according to the survey, are the “cost of living,” followed by “threats to democracy,” “employment and the economy,” and “immigration and the situation at the border.”
Even “climate change” and “guns” are bigger issues for Latino voters than abortion, which ranked seventh in the poll.
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The survey found that a majority of Latino voters (54%) prefer Democrats to retain control of Congress as a result of the midterm elections, but that number is down five percentage points since October 2020 and 13 points since the November 2018 midterms .
“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 previously measured,” Aileen Cardona-Arroyo, who helped conduct the poll, he told NBC News.
The poll also found that while 51% of Latino voters approve of President Biden’s overall job performance, only 42% approve of his handling of the border and only 41% approve of his work on the economy.
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Latino voters also prefer Republicans over Democrats in their handling of the economy, border security and crime, the survey found. In contrast, Latino voters prefer Democrats in their handling of abortion, addressing the concerns of the Hispanic community, and “protecting democracy.”