Young Latina Voters Could Be a Massive Force Against Donald Trump
Latin-Americans make up 17% of the United States population right now, which means that if they band together against Trump, they could save us all from the possibility of Donald Trump winning the 2016 presidential election.
The Donald Trump campaign has already contributed to a huge surge in Hispanic voting registration, as his anti-immigration stance is especially offensive to much of the Latino population in the states; the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials estimates at least a 17 percent increase in voters compared to 2012. And in the past two years alone, the number of Hispanics who identify as Democrats has doubled.
Elle Magazine recently spoke to 400 young Latina women and reported their findings in an article titled, “27.3 Million Latinos Will Vote In November — Here’s What They’re Thinking.”
So what are they thinking? First of all, 73% of the women surveyed said they’ll probably vote for Hillary (16% said they’d vote for Trump, and 11% wasn’t sure). This is especially important since Latinas make up much of the population in Florida, a state that’s usually pretty crucial for deciding an election one way or the other.
And although 45% of the Latina millennials surveyed made less than $15 an hour — the largest group of low-earners reported in the survey — 75% of them report they’re optimistic about the years to come. Because of this, they’re more likely to vote for a candidate that supports changes in wage laws, as well having a strong stance on affordable college tuition, paid family leave, and child-care subsidies.
Barack Obama received 72% of the Hispanic vote in the last election, and he, well, won. Someone call Selena Gomez up and tell her to rally the troops, a.k.a her 85 million Instagram followers. Which, as you can guess, is probably largely made up of the same young Latina women who are our best hope against Trump in the upcoming election.