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More than 8 in 10 Hispanic voters say they’ll cast a ballot in November

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally. EFE

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally. EFE

Washington, Sep 9 (EFE).- A total of 83 percent of registered U.S. Hispanic voters said they would cast a ballot in the Nov. 8 presidential election, according to a new America’s Voice/Latino Decisions survey published Friday.

The nationwide poll, which provided a breakdown of projected Hispanic voter participation in key states such as Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, Colorado and Arizona, found that only 3 percent of Hispanics were certain they would not vote, while 9 percent said they “probably” would and 5 percent were undecided.

In North Carolina, 76 percent of Hispanics said they would cast a ballot, compared with 77 percent in Ohio and Virginia.

Immigration was listed by 38 percent of respondents as the country’s most pressing issue, followed by the economy (32 percent), health care (14 percent) and discrimination (14 percent).

But when asked which issues the White House and Congress should most urgently address, 36 percent said the economy and 30 percent said immigration.

Those surveyed had sharply diverging opinions of the two main presidential candidates, with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and GOP rival Donald Trump viewed favorably by 68 percent and 21 percent of respondents, respectively.

A total of 29 percent of respondents said they had a negative opinion of Clinton, while 74 percent viewed Trump unfavorably.

They expressed similar opinions about the candidates’ running mates, with 19 percent of respondents having an unfavorable view of the Democratic vice presidential nominee, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, and 41 percent expressing a negative opinion of his GOP counterpart, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

The poll showed that current President Barack Obama is more popular than Clinton among Hispanics, 75 percent of whom expressed approval of his performance in office.

A total of 70 percent of Latinos nationwide said they would vote for Clinton in November, while 19 percent said they would cast a ballot for Trump and 5 percent indicated they were undecided.

The survey, which has a margin of error of roughly 1.6 percentage points, was conducted among 3,729 Hispanic registered voters between Aug. 19-30.

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