Donald Trump, who launched his presidential campaign by accusing Mexicans of being rapists, has more support amongst likely Republican Latino voters than any of the other candidates — no, we’re not making this up.
This is according to a new poll conducted by Florida International University (go Panthers!) and AdsMovil, a mobile advertising firm specializing in Latinos.
The poll, first published by Latino Rebels (sup, guys), claims that 37 percent of Latino Republican respondents would vote for Trump. That’s significantly higher than what Marco Rubio (16.4 percent) and Ted Cruz (13.5 percent) got.
If you’re like me, you’re probably trying to rationalize these numbers by thinking that maybe these GOP Latinos like Trump because of his economic proposals or stance on issues like national security. And, if you’re like me, you’re also wrong.
Of those Latinos, that self-identified as Republicans, 28.5 percent said that immigration was their most important issue. Employment and the economy came in second place with 20 percent.
To be fair, these poll numbers don’t really match up with other data that has been published. For example, according to a 2015 Gallup poll, Trump had a -51 favorability among Latinos — meaning there are very few things that are less popular than him, like your mom’s chancla.