US majority: Trump is ‘not the kind of leader’ we need

Updated

The majority of people living in the U.S. say they do not think GOP front-runner Donald Trump is the leader we need right now, according to the latest MSNBC/Telemundo/Marist Poll.  

Despite Trump’s lead in the polls since the summer, 53% of residents agreed with the statement “He is not the kind of leader the country needs right now.” Of the Latino residents polled, 69% agreed with the statement.

Additionally, 52% said Trump is hurting the image of the Republican Party. Only 35% of the Republicans polled agree that he is hurting the party’s image, but 65% of the Latinos polled agree he is hurting the party.

The poll was completed by 1,689 residents, 432 of whom were Latino residents, between Aug. 26 and Sept. 9. Along party lines, 366 of the residents identified as Republicans and 442 identified as Democrats.

Related: Trump lead shows no sign of slowing: poll

Those polled were asked if they think Donald Trump “tells it like it is” or “is insulting and offensive.”

In total, residents were almost evenly divided, with 45% saying he tells it like it is and 49% saying he is insulting and offensive. Among Latino residents, however, only 26% said he tells it like it is, and 70% said he is insulting and offensive.

With immigration as one of the top issues determining who residents will vote for, the majority of residents polled disagree with Trump on the United States’ birthright policy.

In total, 62% of residents polled said the country should continue to grant citizenship to children born in the U.S. Among Latino residents, 83% agree with that statement.

The residents polled are less sure about the term “anchor baby” and whether it is offensive or not.

Forty-four percent said using the term to describe a child born to a woman who illegally crosses the border for the purpose of having the child in the U.S. is accurate. Forty-eight percent said it is offensive. Thirty-five percent of  the Latino residents polled said the term is accurate and 56% said it is offensive.

Similar numbers were seen in the views of “sanctuary cities,” or cities in the U.S. that allow undocumented immigrants to live there and sometimes receive services.

Forty-eight percent of residents said sanctuary cities are unnecessary because undocumented immigrants should be deported, and 43% said sanctuary cities are needed to provided services to undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Only 27% of the Latino voters agreed that sanctuary cities are unnecessary, while 66% agreed that they are needed.

There is a +/-2.4% margin of error for the total percentages, a +/- 4.7% margin of error for the Latino resident percentages and a +/-5.1% margin of error for the Republican resident percentages.

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US majority: Trump is 'not the kind of leader' we need

Updated