News release

New Poll Identifies Health Care as a Top Issue for Latino Voters

September 26, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC—At a Capitol Hill briefing this morning, UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) released results of a new national poll that sheds insight on how health care will impact the 2018 Latino vote. Findings revealed that health care is a high-priority issue for Latino voters, with more than 50 percent of respondents noting the rising cost of premiums and out-of-pocket expenses as major concerns.

The poll also found that Latino voters view the federal government as having a major role to play when it comes to health care, especially on issues related to access and cost. In addition, Latino voters hold favorable views towards public sector health care programs, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For example, fully 82 percent of Latinos have a favorable opinion of Medicaid and CHIP and voters demonstrated strong support for further expanding access to health coverage, particularly when it comes to children. When it comes to the ACA, 63 percent of voters agree that the ACA could be made better with proper support and improvements.

Meanwhile, the poll showed opposition to numerous proposals that would raise costs or reduce coverage, including to provisions included under the American Health Care Act introduced during last year’s efforts to repeal the ACA. For example, 80 percent of Latino voters oppose allowing denial of coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions.

“This poll confirms that, as a record number of Latino voters prepare to go to the polls in this midterm election, they will have health care top of mind when they vote in November. They will be looking to hear candidates’ views on programs that are important to our community at the federal and state levels, including the ACA, CHIP and Medicaid,” said UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía.

The national poll, conducted by Hart Research Associates, drew results from a survey that questioned more than 1,600 Latino registered voters between June 25 to July 10, 2018. For full poll results, visit: Unidos.US/HealthVoters

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.