Among Hispanic Floridians, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders all beat Donald Trump
Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders

FAU poll finds Bernie Sanders leading primary field.

Hispanic voters in Florida will take any major Democratic candidate running for President over Donald Trump.

That’s according to a statewide survey of registered Hispanic voters, conducted by Florida Atlantic University’s Business and Economics Polling Initiative.

The same poll shows Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders leading a still-crowded primary field.

Primary Preference

About 27% of Hispanic Democrats in the state favor Sanders for the nomination.

Some 21% want former Vice President Joe Biden, 20% favor Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and 5% prefer former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro.

“Sanders’ support with Hispanics in Florida mimics trends seen in general population polls,” said Monica Escalares, BEPI director. “He has strong youth support and struggles to capture older voters.”

Indeed, among Hispanic voters age 19 to 29, Sanders was the favorite of 37%, compared to 11% who like Warren and 5% who prefer Biden.

Meanwhile, Democrats ages 50 to 64 favor Biden, who wins 38% of that demographic to Sanders’ 14%.

As for a Republican primary, the incumbent Trump looms large. That said, nearly a quarter of Hispanic Republicans in Florida would prefer a different candidate to become the 2020 nominee.

The BEPI poll shows 77% of Hispanic Republicans in the state want Trump to be the GOP nominee. Meanwhile, 12% prefer former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh, 7% like former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and 5% favor former South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford.

General Election

It’s still a safe assumption Trump retains the GOP nomination for the general election next year. But every likely Democratic nominee outperforms Trump with Hispanic Florida voters in head-to-head matchups.

Biden performs the best here, taking almost 66% of the vote to Trump’s 34%.

Warren does almost as well and would win 65% of the vote to Trump’s 35%. Sanders would take 62% of the Hispanic vote to Trump’s 38%.

Of course, among those Hispanic voters surveyed, 48% voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 compared to 23% who voted for Trump, who won Florida’s electoral votes anyway. About 8% of those polled voted for someone else and 21% didn’t vote in 2016.

The FAU poll was conducted Oct. 30 through Nov. 2 with a mix of online and phone responses. The data was weighted based on the 2018 American Community Survey on Hispanic population in Florida as well as gender, age, and 2016 voter modeling.

The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • John Kociuba

    November 6, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Deae Citizens ~

    Re: Propaganda piece

    This is pure bullshit! Nice try! Didn’t post the questions, geography, nor how many were polled which is probably about 1,000 people.


  • mel thomas

    November 7, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Big Shock LOL

    Democrat-Socialist 2020 Platform & Goals:

    -Massive tax increases.

    -End all deportations of illegal aliens (if you get here, you stay.)

    -Drivers licenses for illegal aliens.

    -Cut Military funding.

    -Voting rights for non citizens.

    -Welfare & Food Stamps for illegal aliens. (Warren)

    -Increase refugee’s from the third world.

    -Non citizens allowed to hold public office.


    -Open Borders.

    -Sanctuary Cities.

    -Decriminalize illegal entry into our country.

    -De-fund & terminate Border Patrol & ICE.

    -Disarming Americans.

    -Green new deal.

    -End of Electoral College

    -Free medicare care for all including non citizens (taxpayer funded)

    -!00% free college for all, including non citizens. (tax payer funded)


    -Susie & Bobby using the same restrooms.

    -Late term abortions up to 9 months.


    -Pay check for every person in the US even if they choose not to work.

    From the Democrat’s themselves. View their speeches / debates on you tube.The choice is yours.-

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