Telemundo viewers say Trump won Tuesday’s debate

Daily News Article   —   Posted on October 1, 2020

(by Jeffery Martin, Newsweek) – [A Telemundo poll of the network’s Spanish-speaking viewers found that two-thirds thought President Donald Trump won the first debate on Tuesday night against former Vice President Joe Biden].

Both candidates have campaigned heavily in the Latino community. Trump’s campaign has attempted to [appeal to] Latino supporters with his Latinos for Trump initiative. Biden made an appearance at a September Hispanic Heritage Month celebration in Florida. Work by the Trump campaign to attract Latino voters may be paying off.

In a poll conducted after the debate, 66 percent of participants told Telemundo they believed Trump won the debate. Only 34 percent of poll participants thought Biden made a better showing in Tuesday’s debate. Telemundo hosts warned the poll was “not scientific” but was based on the responses on the participation of its followers on Twitter.

“Like other news organizations, Noticias Telemundo conducted a Twitter opinion poll last night to capture instant online reaction to the first presidential debate,” a Telemundo spokesperson said in a statement provided to Newsweek. “When the final results were announced on air, Noticias Telemundo prefaced the results by explaining the numbers did not reflect a scientific survey, but instead a real-time online poll among Twitter users.”

[An NBC/Marist poll released in early September showed Biden was dramatically underperforming with Latino voters in the state of Florida. Among Florida Latino voters, which Clinton won by 27 points in 2016 and still lost the state, Trump leads with 50 percent compared to Biden’s 46].

[Recently the president] has touted his popularity with the Latino voting demographic. “We’ve done really well with Hispanics,” Trump said during a July roundtable meeting with leaders from the Latino community. “We like them, they like me, and we’ve helped them a lot with the jobs. Whether it’s jobs, education, or so many other things, it’s been really good.”

Biden drew criticism for his appearance at the Hispanic Heritage Month commemoration ceremony after playing the hit Spanish-language song “Despacito” from his phone. (Watch Mr. Biden’s entire speech here.)

“I’ll tell you what,” Biden said. “If I had the talent of any one of these people, I’d be elected president by acclamation.”

Many observers considered Biden’s “Despacito” moment to be cringeworthy. Latinos for Trump used the moment in an advertisement that featured Biden on two separate occasions leaning in to kiss younger women. The English translation of some the song’s lyrics were shown at the bottom of the footage: “Want to slowly breathe on your neck/Let me whisper in your ear.”

Trump’s administration has made obtaining U.S. citizenship more difficult for immigrants by implementing new rules. Those seeking to become naturalized must now prove that they are not likely to wind up on social benefit programs. Biden has promised to roll back Trump’s changes.

“If I’m elected president, we’re going to immediately end Trump’s assault on the dignity of immigrant communities,” Biden said during his nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. “We’re going to restore our moral standing in the world and our historic role as a safe haven for refugees and asylum seekers.”

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From a September 20 Wall Street Journal article “Biden Leads Trump Among Latino Voters, Poll Shows”:

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden holds a significant lead over President Trump among registered Latino voters, garnering 62% of support, compared with Mr. Trump’s 26%, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC/Telemundo poll.

About 12% of Latino voters remain undecided this year, the new survey finds.

The Journal/NBC/Telemundo poll includes some warning signs for Mr. Biden: Mr. Trump’s favorability among Latino voters has improved from four years ago. In September 2016, 78% had a negative view of him, compared with 56% today.