Hispanic Approval of Trump Surges to 50% as Employment Sets Record

By Craig Bannister | January 18, 2019 | 1:44pm EST
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A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll shows Hispanic-Latino approval of President Donald Trump’s job performance jumped 19 points in the past month, hitting, hitting 50% in January.

In the national survey of adults (age 18 and up), conducted January 10-13, 2019, 50% of Latinos said they approve of Trump’s job performance, while 46% disapprove and 4% are unsure what they think. In December, only 31% voiced approval, while more than twice as many (64%) Hispanic-Latino adults said they disapproved of Trump’s performance.

On January 4, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released employment data showing that Hispanic-Latino employment set a new record high in December, while the unemployment rate for this cohort fell to its lowest level on record. As reported at the time:

“In December, the unemployment rate for Hispanics and Latinos, aged 16 and up, was 4.4%, down from 4.5% in November - tying its record low of 4.4% set in October of this year. BLS began tracking Hispanic-Latino employment data in 1973.

“The number of Hispanics employed set a new record high of 27,701,000 in December, as their unemployment rate fell to a record low. The number of Hispanics employed, participating in the workplace, and civilian population all rose in December, as Hispanics' labor force participation rate increased from 66.8% to 67.0%, recording its fourth straight monthly increase.”

“Do you approve or disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing?”

Latinos (Jan. 10-13, 2019 Survey):

  • Approve: 50%
  • Disapprove: 46%
  • Unsure: 4%

Latinos (Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2018 Survey):

  • Approve: 31%
  • Disapprove: 64%
  • Unsure: 5%

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