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Latino Republican voters are more progressive than white Republican voters on key issues, exit polls find

Around 46% of Latino Republicans said abortion should be legal, compared to 26% of white Republican voters.
A voter casts their ballot at the Orange County Supervisor of Elections headquarters
NBC News exit polls showed that Latinos who voted Republican in House races were more likely to say climate change is a somewhat or very serious problem.Gregg Newton / AFP via Getty Images

Latino Republican voters appear more progressive than white Republican voters on key issues like abortion and climate change, according to NBC News exit polls.

While they are like-minded on some issues, there are significant differences in others. There is a 20 percentage-point gap between Latino and white Republican voters on the issue of abortion: Around 46% of Latino Republicans said abortion should be legal, compared to 26% of white Republican voters.

Latinos who voted Republican in House races were also more likely to say climate change is a somewhat or very serious problem. Around 57% of Latino Republican voters held that view, compared to 45% of white Republican voters.

Latino Republican voters, at 29%, were nearly twice as likely to approve of Biden’s federal student debt cancellation plans compared to white Republican voters, at 15%.

On the issue of immigration, 38% of Latinos who voted Republican in House races said immigrants make the country better, compared to 23% of white Republican voters.

There are some issues both Latino and white Republicans agree on.

Around 29% of Latino Republican voters and 46% of white Republican voters view inflation as the issue that mattered most in deciding how they voted. Similar proportions of Latino Republican voters, 93%, and white Republican voters, 96%, also reported that they disapprove of Biden.

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