July 24th, 2008
09:15 AM ET
6 years ago

Poll: 'Sharp reversal' for Obama with Latino voters

A new poll out Thursday shows strong support for Sen. Barack Obama among Latinos.
A new poll out Thursday shows strong support for Sen. Barack Obama among Latinos.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new poll released Thursday shows overwhelming support from Latinos for Sen. Barack Obama over Sen. John McCain.

Obama's approval rating with registered Latino voters, the nationwide Pew Hispanic Center poll found, is at 66 percent versus 23 percent favoring McCain.

Obama's "strong showing in this survey represents a sharp reversal in his fortunes from the primaries, when Obama lost the Latino vote to Hillary Clinton by a margin of nearly 2-to-1," according to Pew Hispanic Center associate director Mark Hugo Lopez.

Obama's favorability among Latinos is slightly up from a Gallup Poll summary of surveys taken in May, which showed Obama with 62 percent of Latino voters nationwide, compared with 29 percent for McCain.

"He now appears to be even more popular than Hillary Clinton among Latinos," Lopez said.

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  1. Satchell

    Hey Berkely Square, the rest of the country has moved on from the Democratic Primaries, why can't you. You can continue to cry in your milk, or you can get up off your rear, and do something. Vote, be counted for, no matter which party.

    I'd like to vote for Barack, but sounds like you are jealous. Just remember, there will come a time when you're going to want Barack supporters to vote for Hillary. The GOP can't stand her, and you're going to need our help.

    Obama 08

    July 24, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Obama Supporter from FL

    Hey Nightingale – if you plan on criticizing the spelling of others, learn to spell "Osama" and "cojones." Moron.

    July 24, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. obama is unfit to be president of this country

    Everyone I know is afraid of the man and with good reason. obama could care less about you people. He just wants to be president. He is the beginning of the end for this country.
    obama = the dumbing of America. Do you think England,France or Germany would elect a black man to run their country? NOOOOOOOOOOO.....................they would not. But they want to see it happen in America because they know what's going to happen. They know it will knock this great country off it's high horse.

    July 24, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. FactCheck

    > Isn't it funny that most of Ossama's supporters are uneducated
    > and illiterate.

    Talk about clueless. The majority of Obama supporters are college graduates with substantial incomes, as has been reported over and over again. It is the bitter and angry PUMAs that are illiterate, poor and frankly irrelevant and your post does everything to propagate that stereotype.

    July 24, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. Carl29

    Hola Abby!!! Yo siempre supe que los hispanos iban a apoyar a Barack. Nosotros tambien somos minoria y tenemos que unirnos encontra de los que predican el odio a los que no lucen como ellos.
    Latinos por Obama!!!!

    July 24, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. John

    You'll probably see wide margins of support for Obama across the board, from African Americans (obviously) to Hispanics to Jews. Yes, Jews favor Obama over McCain.

    And in November, we'll see that /everyone/ favors Obama over McCain.

    A nightingale Sings in Berkley Square:
    "Isn't it funny that most of Ossama's supporters are uneducated and illiterate."
    "Experience, /conjones/ and dependablilty"
    It's spelled cojones, not conjones.

    The polls and demographics across the board show that the overwhelming majority of Obama's supporters are college educated and well-informed. Meanwhile, you're just a bitter old lunatic who thinks the presidency should be handed out based on privilege and time in service rather then merit and capability. I'm sure I'll be entertained by your outraged screaming and whining in November when Obama wins.

    July 24, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. Marie

    Doesn't surprise me. Latinos know the better candidate when they see him!

    July 24, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. FactCheck

    > No latinos are not supporting Obama!

    I guess you must speak for all of them.. how omniscient of you (or is that too big a word).

    July 24, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. Anonymous

    "Isn't it funny that most of Ossama's supporters are uneducated and illiterate. But that is sad as well. Someone should teach them the difference between lose and loose. And the "60 year old white woman" should add descriptive phrase behind her name as "white trash."
    ---------------------------------
    Name calling and bigotry all in one asinine post, I think you've earned the village idiot award of the day Berkely Square.

    July 24, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Griff

    The is no such thing as a Latino.... Label's... John McCain has the Able's on his side.... Oppinion Polls are Programs... The Brain is a very delicate organism, you can't mess with.....

    July 24, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. 33/W/M in Ohio

    I still think PUMA is a hoax started by the McCain campaign and perpetuated by gullible and easily misled people.

    I would like to believe that most people that are serious about politics don't get so bitter about their first choice not being picked that they choose a polar opposite for revenge.

    July 24, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. Manuel TX

    This hispanic still supports HRC.

    This hispanic also wants a new Democratic party.

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    July 24, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. Matt in NC

    "Amazing the amount of sick people (mentally) Obama doesn't deserve the honor, hasn't accomplished anything to win the honor and has no experience except talking. I like Denzel better and he speaks better."

    "Isn't it funny that most of Ossama's supporters are uneducated and illiterate. But that is sad as well. Someone should teach them the difference between lose and loose. "

    -A nightingale sings in berkley square

    "Uneducated and illiterate"? Really? You have the audacity to call Obama supporters uneducated and illiterate after typing out those 2 gems??? Sounds like someone could benefit from another ENGLISH 101...

    BTW, Obama consistently polled/polls higher with college educated voters than HRC or McCain. Where did you go to college, the University of DUUUUHHH???

    July 24, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. Paige, VT

    I still think illegals are harming this country because we have to pay more in taxes for schools, health, etc. But I'd be will to listen to Barack's views, if he can make immigration make sense for me. I would not listen to McCain's views EVER. He has all the big corporations to satisfy.

    Barack is for immigration reform, let's see how that works. I'll try it.

    July 24, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. Rick FL

    Obama sera un buen presidente para todos.

    i Si se puede !

    July 24, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. Tony C.

    Poor Johnny. His canoe is sinking fast! :(

    July 24, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. Jim

    Let the Obama Steamroller warm up its engines. Time to roll over the so-called "Straight Talk Express". McCain and his Keating Five ways can move to the side of the road. It's time for a real leader. It's time for a change. McCain ranked 894 out of 899 at Annapolis in 1954. Only 5 students ranked worse than this moron. I think 8 years of a complete idiot is enough for one country. Obama will turn this country around and allow us to lead the world by example. Vote Obama.

    July 24, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. Griff

    Look at the Face of OBama... Scematic face of a Schemer...

    July 24, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. dave g, minneapolis

    From a CNN article today: "recent poll suggested just 48 percent of Americans thought he[Obama] would make a good commander in chief, compared to 72 percent for McCain."

    Just an interesting contrast to all of the other polls out there...

    Barr '08!

    July 24, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. Upon Further Review,Texas

    Electrify the fence now.

    July 24, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. Andrew

    Si podemos!

    Si se puede!

    Obama 08

    July 24, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. Jimmy in NYC

    This latino and muchos muchos mas are going to ensure that Barack Obama will be our next President.
    Obama en 2008!

    July 24, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. pam Eugene OR

    Latinos know McCain will put them on buses back across the border. They are not dumb people and will do what is best for them.
    Obama 08

    July 24, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. Obama-Junkie, IL

    CNN, Please stop it with your sensational language "SHARP REVERSAL".

    Obama enjoyed decent support among latinos. The question was that his support among latinos was always compared against Hillary in the primaries. Latinos have very strong feelings for Bill Clinton and to some extent Hillary Clinton. It's not a 'sharp reversal' but an expected result.

    For CNN (and other news organizations) to put so much weight on polling done in the midst of an intense Democratic primary race and extrapolate the results into a general election race was (and will continue to be) dumb and show a real misunderstanding polling results analysis.

    July 24, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. American

    Of course .... McCains base is full of Bush Repugs,..Bigots...a small minority of old voters who are out of touch and about 2000 members of PUCKA PAC...LOL

    July 24, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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