NEW POLL: Seventy Four Percent of Latino Voters Plan to Turn Out for the March 2020 California Primary

NEW POLL: Seventy Four Percent of Latino Voters Plan to Turn Out for the March 2020 California Primary

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The Latino Community Foundation (LCF) and Latino Decisions announced the results of their California statewide Latino poll that found 74 percent of registered Latino voters are certain they will vote in the presidential primary on March 3 rd. California is the largest prize of the Democratic primary contests with more than 400 pledged delegates up for grabs. California also has the largest number of Latino eligible voters — 7.7 million — of any state.

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The poll also found that a strong majority (76%) of Latinos are concerned about racism against them. Eight in 10 believe white supremacist groups pose a threat to the country. This same sentiment is what propelled a wave of voters and Latinos to run for office on the heels of Prop. 187 in 1994. It is now fueling a record number of voter registrations in the state. Latinos in California are reacting to racism with increased political engagement.

“With over 7 million eligible voters, Latinos are poised to decide who will be the candidate to run against Trump in November. The candidates who fail to engage Latinos in California — the largest Latino voting bloc in the country — do so at their own risk,” said Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO of LCF. “We are paying attention to who shows up to listen and connect with our communities. We are also registering to vote in record numbers. In California, 81 percent of eligible residents are registered to vote, the highest percentage since 1952. The number of registered Latino voters is at all time high—with nearly five million now registered to vote.”

“In 2018, we witnessed a 93% increase in the Latino vote in California from just four years earlier. In 2020, we are expecting yet another massive increase in the Latino vote, starting in the March primary. Voters are concerned about current political and anti-immigrant climate we face as a nation and they are getting ready to hit the polls in 2020,” said Matt Barreto, Co-founder of Latino Decisions. “It is very important for all candidates to come to California and engage the Latino community if they want to win our votes.”

The California Democratic Party will be hosting a historic Real America Presidential Forum in collaboration with Univision at its convention in Long Beach, on Saturday, Nov. 16, both former Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will not be attending.

Other key results from the Poll:

Click here to download full results of the poll.

Poll Methodology

Latino Community Foundation commissioned Latino Decisions to conduct the poll. Latino Decisions surveyed 807 Latino registered voters statewide in California with an oversample of millennials between the ages of 18 and 34. The oversample does not affect the overall poll as it is weighted to the correct proportion by age, however it provides for a larger more reliable sample to analyze when focusing on younger Latino voters. The poll was conducted between Oct. 30 and Nov. 7, 2019. Interviews were collected via landline, cell phone, and web. The phone portion was conducted by live interviewers who were bilingual and administered the survey in language of preference of respondents. The online portion was conducted in a respondent self-administered format, and the survey and invitation was available to respondents in English or Spanish. The full data are weighted to match the adult population in the 2017 Census ACS 1-year data file for age, gender, education, nativity, ancestry, and voter registration status. A post-stratification raking algorithm was used to balance each category to the ACS estimates. The survey carries a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.

About the Latino Community Foundation

The Latino Community Foundation is on a mission to unleash the civic and economic power of Latinos in California. The Foundation has the largest network of Latino philanthropists in the country and has invested $10 million to build Latino civic and political power and leadership in the state. It is the only statewide foundation solely focused on investing in Latino youth and families in California. For more info, visit:

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CONTACT: Christian Arana, (818) 312-3328 /

Policy Director, Latino Community Foundation Victoria Sanchez De Alba, (650) 270-7810 /

De Alba Communications (for LCF)



SOURCE: The Latino Community Foundation

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