Donald Trump really did perform terribly with minority voters.
Since Trump was elected president, analysts have noted that Trump outperformed 2012 candidate Mitt Romney amongst minority voters. Some have used the datapoint to argue either that the Republican Party doesn’t need to make any changes to appeal to minorities, as was advised by a Republican leadership committee in the aftermath of 2012.
Missing from this analysis is that Romney had the worst performance amongst minorities voters of any Republican candidate since exit polls have been recorded. So Donald Trump only had the second worst performance amongst minorities.
For context, Bombs + Dollars looked at the exit poll data summarized by Cornell’s Roper Center since 1976 and added in the exit poll data from CNN for 2016 and graphed it.
The results show Trump earned the ninth lowest rate of black votes of any Republican candidate in the past 11 elections, the seventh lowest rate of Hispanic votes, and the sixth lowest rate of Asian-Amnerican votes in the past 7 elections (Asian vote wasn’t recorded prior to 1992).