- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is easily outpacing her GOP rival Donald Trump among Latinos who are registered to vote, according to a Pew Research survey.

The survey of 1,507 Latino adults conducted from Aug. 23 to Sept. 21 found that Mrs. Clinton holds a 58 percent to 19 percent edge over Mr. Trump.

Libertarian Gary Johnson received 10 percent and Green Party nominee Jill Stein received 6 percent.

The margin is smaller than the 48 percentage gap that existed between President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the same poll four years ago.

Hispanics went on to be a key part of Mr. Obama’s winning coalition, with the Democrat besting Mr. Romney by a 71 percent to 27 percent margin among Latinos.

The Pew poll released Tuesday showed that education, the economy and health care are the top concerns for Latino voters, followed by terrorism, immigration and how Hispanics are treated.

It showed that 54 percent of registered Latino voters say the Democratic Party is more concerned for them than the GOP, compared to 11 percent that say the Republican Party is more concerned for them than Democrats.

Following the 2012 election, Republicans National Committee members and advisers authored a report that warned the party must do more to reach out to minorities and deliver a gentler message on immigration.

Mr. Trump, though, has taken a hard-line on immigration and has come under fire from immigrant rights groups for blaming Mexico for sending rapists and other bad elements in the United States.

The Pew poll showed that 75 percent of Latinos have discussed Mr. Trump’s comments about Hispanics.

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