College of Business poll shows Hispanics dissatisfied with Trump and the economy

Although their own personal finances are in order, U.S. Hispanics increasingly believe the economy is getting worse.


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Thomas Chiles, Features Editor

Arecent FAU poll shows that President Donald Trump is continuing to lose the little support he had with the U.S. Hispanic community.

Trump’s approval rating with Hispanics dropped for the third poll in a row — it began at 39 percent and currently stands at 33 percent, according to FAU’s Business and Economics Polling Initiative (BEPI) survey published by the College of Business.

“In my opinion, President Trump’s popularity among Hispanics is low since many of Mr. Trump’s policies and proposals are broadly unpopular among Hispanics,” BEPI Director Monica Escaleras said. “Policies such as his plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, repeal Obamacare and immigration bans.”

Of those polled, 23 percent of Hispanics believed the economy was improving. The number of respondents who believed the economy is getting worse has increased in the last three polls as well — starting at 16 percent and currently standing at 29 percent.

Although Hispanics aren’t happy with the direction the economy is headed, the survey shows they are satisfied with their own personal finances.

About 65 percent of Hispanics polled said they are better off financially than they were a year ago. Seventy four percent said they will be better off over the next year.

“Hispanics, despite not being happy with the direction of the economy or President Trump, they are optimistic of their personal finances and that is good news for retailers since Holiday season is approaching,” Escaleras wrote via email.

The poll is directed by Escaleras and carried out every three months by students in a classroom setting. Students survey and collect data from U.S. residents under Escaleras’ supervision and the results are published by the College of Business.

This survey was conducted from July 1 through Sept. 30. The random sample consisted of 1,000 Hispanics from around the country, 18 years of age and older. The poll had a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.

Thomas Chiles is the features editor of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @thomas_iv.