NALEO/Latino Decisions Tracking Poll Says 33% of Registered Latino Voters Do Not Trust Mail-in Ballots

Sep 22, 2020
11:45 AM

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The third week of a nine-week tracking poll by NALEO Educational Fund and Latino Decisions said that 33 percent of registered Latino voters “do not trust that mail-in-ballots will be correctly delivered back to county elections departments,” according to a Tuesday release about the weekly survey.

The poll also noted that 51 percent of survey respondents supported voting by mail (down by seven points from the previous week) and 49 percent would vote in person (up seven points from the previous week).

In terms of those who said they would vote in person, 46 percent planned to vote early. Of those who said they would vote by mail,  83 percent said they would vote right away. The poll also noted that 76 percent of respondents “are almost certain they will vote in 2020, with 59 percent saying they are more enthusiastic about voting in 2020 than they were in 2016.”

When it comes to being contacted by a political party, campaign or other organization during the election cycle, 48 percent of respondents said they haven been contacted.

“Of those who said they had been contacted, 62 percent indicate someone from the Democratic Party contacted them, 34 percent indicate someone from the Republican Party, and 27 percent indicate someone from a non-partisan or civic organization,” the release about the tracking polls said.

The top issues for respondents were addressing the COVID-19 crisis (46 percent); lowering healthcare costs (31 percent), fighting racism and discrimination (31 percent); and focusing on jobs and wages (27 percent).

As for the presidential election, 65 percent plan to vote for Vice President Joe Biden, while 25 percent plan to vote for President Donald Trump. This is consistent with findings from the the poll’s first two weeks.

The complete poll is here:

According to NALEO and Latino Decisions, “this nine-week survey will continue through the week of the election, with a survey sample each week of 400 unique Latino registered voters. By the end of the project, data from 3,600 eligible Latino voters will have been collected on political attitudes, voting preferences, the impact of COVID-19, vote-by-mail, outreach, and voter enthusiasm. Interviews were conducted in English or Spanish, according to the respondent’s choice. Surveys were conducted online with a resulting +/- 4.9 percent margin of error.”