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Clinton leads Trump among Hispanics, but by less than expected, in FAU poll

Hispanic voters Democrat prefer Hillary Clinton to Republican Donald Trump, a new poll shows, but she needs to win over more of them to reach the sort of support from Latinos that helped propel President Barack Obama to the White House.

The national robopoll, by Florida Atlantic University's Business and Economics Polling Initiative, shows Clinton leading Trump among Hispanics by 23 percentage points, 50-27 percent, with 23 percent undecided. Compare that to Obama, who in 2012 won 71 percent of the Hispanic vote over Mitt Romney's 27 percent.

"Clinton needs to shore up her support among Hispanics," Monica Escaleras, the initiative's director, said in a statement. "Nearly a quarter of them are still undecided, so she needs to win them over to come close to the margins Obama had four years ago."

Trump has riled Hispanics with comments about some Mexican immigrants being "rapists."

The poll was conducted May 1-29 by phone and online. It had a small national sample -- 500 respondents -- and an error margin of plus-or-minus 4.33 percentage points.


[Last modified: Thursday, June 2, 2016 12:25pm]


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