FTI Consulting Polling Data Shows Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Have Work to do with Latino-Americans
July 8, 2016
Latino-Americans are Extremely Interested in the 2016 Presidential Election and See Major Implications for America’s Standing in Latin America and Globally
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2016 — FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:FCN), the global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance their enterprise value, today announced findings from a scientific opinion poll aimed at understanding Latino-Americans’ impressions of the upcoming U.S. election and the perceived impact on relations with, investment in and policies concerning Latin America. Drawing from a pool of 600 Latino-Americans with family, business, or property ties in Latin America, the study examines perceptions of the 2016 presidential election and the impact the election could have on Latin America.
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“Our findings reveal that Latino-Americans are extremely interested and more engaged in the upcoming presidential election than they have been in the past,” said Edward J. Reilly, Global Chief Executive Officer of the Strategic Communications segment at FTI Consulting. “They fully understand the impact the election will have on America’s standing in the world and in Latin America.”
The survey confirms widely held beliefs that Republican nominee/candidate Donald Trump is struggling among Latino-Americans.
“Trump already has the lowest favorability ratings of any presidential candidate in U.S. history and his weak image among Latino-Americans will be difficult to overcome at this time in the campaign” said Kristy Pultorak, Director in the Strategy and Consulting & Research practice of the Strategic Communications segment at FTI Consulting. “No Republican candidate for president has been elected with less than a 30% share of the Latino population in any election going back to 1980. Trump currently has the support of 18% of Latino-Americans.”
While the poll reveals antagonism toward Donald Trump among the Latino-American population, respondents also hold a general ambivalence toward Democrat nominee/candidate Hillary Clinton.
“While perhaps not surprising that Trump is viewed unfavorably by the Latino-Americans, Hillary Clinton’s image is also underwhelming,” said Bill Cullo, Managing Director in the Strategy Consulting & Research practice of the Strategic Communications segment at FTI Consulting. “Only 48% of Latino-Americans express a favorable opinion of Clinton; contrast that with Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton – both enjoy significantly higher favorability ratings. It would be difficult to examine this data and conclude that Latino-Americans are enthusiastic about a Hillary Clinton presidency.”
Some other key findings from the poll include the following:
More than two-thirds (69%) of Latino-Americans are much less likely to vote for Trump because of something he recently said; while 28% are much less likely to vote for Clinton for something she recently said.
A majority (50%) of Latino-Americans believe family members living in Latin America will be barred from visiting the United States under a Trump presidency.
Nearly two-thirds (61%) of Latino-Americans are more engaged in this election than they have been in previous presidential contests.
More than half (56% ) of Latino-Americans believe the election will have a great deal of impact on America’s standing in Latin America.
This research was conducted online by FTI Consulting’s Strategy Consulting and Research team from May 31st – June 6th, 2016 among N=600 Latino-Americans with family, business, or property ties in Latin America.