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Poll: LA County Latino voters energized, concerned about unemployment, immigration, Trump

Voters take part in early ballot casting at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk in Norwalk on Wednesday morning, Nov. 2, 2016.
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File: Voters take part in early ballot casting at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk in Norwalk on Wednesday morning, Nov. 2, 2016.

A new poll of registered Latino voters in Los Angeles County takes a closer look at the views of the group that now makes up about a third of the county's registered voting population.

The poll, from Cal State L.A.'s Pat Brown Institute and polling group Latino Decisions, shows high motivation to get out and vote this year, with 71 percent absolutely certain they'll vote and another 16 percent who say they probably will vote.

The top issues driving Latino voters: unemployment/jobs/the economy, immigration and discrimination/race relations.

Raphe Sonenshein, director of the institute and of the poll, told KPCC that their pollsters assume respondents' enthusiasm is largely driven by reaction to Donald Trump's campaign.

"Our polling team at Latino Decisions polls around the nation Latino voters as well, and they're finding that everywhere, that people are treating this as the most important election in their memory," Sonenshein said. "So what that suggests is that Latino registered voters, who are about 32 percent of L.A. County's registered voters, will probably at least have that share of the vote ... which would be significant."

The report also found "very strong support" among L.A.'s Latinos for Measure M, the public transportation measure that requires a two-thirds majority vote. It's one of the most heavily contested races on the ballot this year, according to Sonenshein.

"There hasn't been a lot of polling on Measure M, but I will tell you that the overall support was at 71 percent, and it takes 66.7 percent to pass. And that it is even higher among those Latino registered voters who are foreign-born, and whose main language is Spanish," Sonenshein said. "Some of the speculation is that there is significant use of the public transportation system, and a lot of working people who really rely on public transportation, or would like to have more options for transportation to and from work."

You can read the rest of the poll results below, along with more analysis from Sonenshein.

Interview highlights

On why there's so much support for Measure M

On geographical differences

On Proposition 64, which would legalize recreational marijuana

Full results