Telemundo/LX News poll: Marco Rubio holds 7-point lead among Hispanic voters
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Rubio, the son of Cuban exiles, found outsized strength among that electorate.

Matching recent poll results that Gov. Ron DeSantis has the vote of a majority of Florida Hispanic likely voters, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio also holds a 7-point lead over his Democratic challenger.

Rubio leads U.S. Rep. Val Demings 49%-42% among Hispanics with two weeks left in his re-election race, according to the Telemundo/LX News: FL Hispanic Voter Poll. Like the poll’s other results, which show DeSantis leading challenger Charlie Crist 51%-44%, the survey is another data point indicating that Florida Republicans are consolidating the Hispanic vote.

Rubio, the son of Cuban exiles, found equivalent strength to DeSantis among Latinos with Cuban backgrounds, winning that electorate 72%-22%. Demings leads Puerto Ricans 59%-32% and other Hispanic voters 49%-41%.

Rubio also has the support of 55% of Hispanics who were born in another country but, unlike DeSantis, does not hold a plurality of Hispanics born in the United States. Demings leads that demographic 46%-45%.

Rubio also leads male voters 52%-39% and voters 50 and older 53%-40%. DeSantis and Crist split both female voters and voters younger than 50, but Rubio has the edge on females (46%-45%) while Demings controls the younger cohort (46%-43%).

Among Hispanic independents, DeSantis enjoys a 17 point lead with 10% undecided. Rubio also manages to siphon more members of the opposing party than Demings.

The poll, conducted Monday through Thursday last week by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy, surveyed 625 Hispanic voters who self-identified as likely to vote during the Midterms. The poll has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

Mason-Dixon called the landlines and cell phones of registered voters and assigned quotas to reflect Hispanic voter registration by county.

Along with Tuesday’s Rubio-Demings results — and the results published Monday morning on DeSantis-Crist — the Telemundo/LX News poll also surveyed voters on certain issues.

The poll found 47% support among Hispanic voters for Florida’s 15-week abortion ban while 44% oppose it. Additionally, the poll found 54% support the state law against gender identity and sexual orientation instruction for young students while 41% oppose it.

On politics, 51% said Republicans best represent their views while 40% said Democrats do so best. Similarly, 42% reported an unfavorable view of people and groups that label themselves “progressive” while only 24% said they had a favorable view.

On news and political consumption, a plurality, 24%, said local TV when asked which source they trust more. As for the remainder, 19% said national TV, 12% said social media, 7% said national papers, 5% said local papers and a third — 33% — said none.

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


  • Tom

    October 25, 2022 at 7:00 am

    No surprise, Senator Rubio will carry this group, 2-1 over Demings. Rubio’s Cuban identity and ties nculturally with Hispanics ensures his continued support within the state.

    The Hispanic vote will be the midterm story, there support for GOP candidates in general will make the difference in Senate and House races.
    Electing new majorities in both bodies.

    Dumings does not connect with people.
    Her fundraising sources need to be investigated.
    Her monies have otherwise kept Rubio below 50% to date, he is now edging to that margin.

    Sen. Rubio still has time on his side to pursue any national office, if he is interested again. His realist voice against Socialism, Russia and China on foreign policy is well regarded and needed.

    His ability to craft legislation, makes him the best “legislator” in Congress.

    He serves Florida well, as a National and international figure.

    • Charlie Crist

      October 25, 2022 at 8:12 am

      👆Vote for me. I’ll fix Florida’s broken education system so people don’t end up like this guy.

  • Impeach Biden

    October 25, 2022 at 7:04 am

    The bad news continues for the Democrats. Joe Biden just named as the leading Republican voter recruiter in the month of October. Good job Joe.🤣

  • Tom

    October 25, 2022 at 7:32 am

    Rubio’s strong cultural support in the Hispanic community demonstrates his insurmountable overall support.

    The FGOP pick up and nationally from Hispanic support will be the difference. It will be the swing vote for newly elected House and Senate races.

    Demings will max out bout 45% to 46%.
    Rubio and Gov are in for big wins. This will propel major U S House pick ups and for legislature, super majorities. County and School boards.

    Florida moves to hard Red.

  • The Real Tom

    October 25, 2022 at 7:45 am

    Rubio is a cold drink of water on a snowy winters day, empty suit, lost debate, send him back to Cuba on a reverse banana boat. Vote for Val Demings.

    • Impeach Biden

      October 25, 2022 at 7:48 am

      Really looking forward to your meltdown come November 9. It will be heaven.😀

      • The Real Tom

        October 25, 2022 at 8:11 am

        So vote Christian fascist, neo nazi grifter?

        • Impeach Biden

          October 25, 2022 at 8:51 am

          The melt has already begun. Seek help immediately. 🤣

          • Donald Trump

            October 25, 2022 at 9:04 am

            I ran for office just to lower my own taxes and piss people off. I got a thousand arrested and a few killed, now under investigation for every crime in the book. Good times. Vote for me in 2024.

  • Impeach Biden

    October 25, 2022 at 1:38 pm

    If anybody wants to buy some pictures of my feet, i’ll donate the money to Rubio.

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