October 1st, 2010
11:52 AM ET
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Poll: Democrats gain with younger voters, slip with Hispanics

Washington (CNN) - A national poll released Friday indicates that the Democratic Party has made gains with voters age 18-29 but has lost support among Hispanics.

According to data from Gallup surveys, 55 percent of younger registered voters questioned in September favor the Democratic congressional candidate in their district, with 36 percent favoring the Republican candidate. The Democrat's 19-point advantage is up from a nine point advantage in August. But the Democrats' 9-point margin in August was down from a 15-point advantage from July.

The survey's results come as President Barack Obama has increased efforts to motivate younger voters - many of whom went to the polls for the first time in the 2008 - to cast ballots again this year's election.

The poll indicates that 52 percent of voters age 65 and older favor the GOP candidate in their district, with four in ten favoring the Democrat. That 12-point advantage for the Republicans is unchanged from August but up slightly from a nine point GOP margin in July.

According to the survey, 51 percent of Hispanic voters favor Democrats, with 38 percent supporting the Republicans. The Democrats 13-point advantage is down from a 24-point margin in August and 32-point advantage in July.

Democrats made gains among Hispanic voters over the past couple of election cycles, with exit polls indicating that two-thirds of Hispanics voted for Obama in the 2008 election.

The Gallup numbers are national figures and the percentage of Hispanics voting for or against Democratic candidates this year could fluxuate depending on the state in question.

The Gallup results are based on telephone interviews conducted as part of Gallup Daily tracking Sept. 2-26, with a random sample of 8,773 registered voters. The overall sampling error for the poll is plus or minus one percentage point.

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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Texas Doc

    Well, they may be waning in support of Democrats (for now), but the GOP is still doing everything they can to piss off this nation's fastest growing demographic. I do not see the GOP changing course any time soon, so the Democrats with a little better focus will retain yet another voting block that the aging, white, and shrinking GOP base chooses to ignore. Good luck with that.

    October 1, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. cane pazzo

    The burrito gang will come around as the election gets closer.

    October 1, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. Jim El Paso Tx

    Of course the Dems are losing some Mexican support. They haven't been able to deliver the AMNESTY all the vatos want so La Familia can get on the gravy train here!

    October 1, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. TC, WPB moderate

    Many young voters don't even know who Pelosi or Reid are, never mind what any of the issues are really about or how they will impact them in the future – deficit anyone?. Denigrating an opponent works well for those uneducated sheeple. I feel sorry for them, their futures are in their hands.

    October 1, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Let's see...who is more likely to be informed and intelligent enough to understand the concepts at play:

    Young, bright, hardworking individuals who have mostly proven intelligent and hardworking enough to attend college and who are working hard to further educate and inform themselves in an academic setting.


    3rd-grade-educated rural hicks in bumble-fudge midwest/southern states who have been trained by their ultra-religious upbringing to have faith in and not question or expect factual/evidentiary backup from authority figures telling them what to believe...people who assimilate to a hive-mind better than the Borg.

    Go ahead CNN, post up some poll data to show which demographic is more informed and conversant when it comes to the actual issues.

    Besides...NEWSFLASH: The TX School Board already tipped the GOP's/Teatards'/conservatives' hand by attempting to alter textbooks to euphamize conservative rhetoric, eliminate or marginalize prominent founding fathers and their philosophies (most notable Jefferson for his separation of church and state position) and unabashedly alter the history textbooks to make them more conservative...based on the UNSUPPORTED ASSUMPTION and conspiracy theory that the history text books have been corrupted and slanted by "liberal academia." Conservatives are TERRIFIED that young people in this country are growing up liberal and progressing and becoming more and more motivated to vote.

    October 1, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. S. in California

    @ Are You Serious? You are 150% percent right. I agree with EVERYTHING you said.

    Thank you.

    October 1, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Yeah but lets see if those young voters go out and actually vote."

    They did last time...hence, the aforementioned REACTIONARY attempts by the TX School Board to make history more conservative and indoctrinate the children.

    October 1, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. D. Bunker

    Looks like the GOBPbaggers are out in full force today with their delusions, lies and ignorance. The GOBP's goals are clear from their "pledge": "If you liked the ditch we drove America into last time, you're gonna LOVE the canyon we're aiming for now."

    It's also pretty ludicrous how many of the non-thinkers blame the unions when billionaires and global outsourcing companies are spending record amounts to spread fear and lies in order to buy the election. Sane and rational Americans know better: the ultrawealthy are not only out of step with Main St. America, they want to exploit us all to further their anti-American globalist agenda.

    October 1, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Polls! Gotta love 'em........evn if they're full of the best fertilizer around.

    This Dominican, her extended family, friends of different cultural backgrounds, the cleaning people at the job, my Caucasian co-workers and friends, my African-American in-laws and friends, the guy at the Chinese take-out, my hairdresser, accountant, blah, blah, blah WOULD NOT ELECT A RETHUGLIKKKLAN TO DOO-DOO SWEEPER!!

    October 1, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. Me

    😐 Anyway, The point is we should have never gone to Iraq in the first place.

    October 1, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Okay, seriously.... I know of NO HISPANICS, and I know a lot of them that are brain-dead enough, or happy enough with the Rethuglikkklans to consider voting for anyone in the GOP. And just in case the subject leaves them pondering I make sure that i remind them of their favorite state ARIZONA.
    End of discussion.

    October 1, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. Darth Vadik, CA


    Yeah, well said you moron, lets let the 70 and 80 year old bigots go out and vote for the future of this country...
    What oh WHAT will the GOP do in 5 to 10 years when all those old scared bigots croak and can't vote for the GOP any more???

    October 1, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. CaliforniaBC

    33 Days...Shall we talk about UNINFORMED? Can we start with your handle? Socialism?? We are not living in a socialistic state under Obama and the Democrats. Period. Not happening. This is a misinformed belief perpetrated and propagated by the Right and fox entertainment.
    So the Democrats and unions ruined the education system in the country?? LOL!! How is that exactly? Why is education the default are for Republican spending cuts. It is the Republican party that likes the undereducated and easily swayed. Young voters are college students or those just out of college who have broadened their horizons and intelligence to look at the much bigger picture, something narrow minds are unable to see. People who can think for themselves instead of believing the first dose of empty, emotion-filled rhetoric.

    And let's just touch on the union demonetization thing here. This is really hilarious because it shows how extremely UNINFORMED voters on the right are. Let me ask you...where would you (or anyone else reading this) be as an employee of a company or small business WITHOUT unions? Have you read a history book or seen a historical documentary about what working conditions were like when labor union movements grew stronger in the later 1800's? 16+ hour days, minimal pay, child labor, no worker rights, no safety regulation. Would you enjoy working in such conditions? We owe the regular 40 hour work week, fair pay for a fair day's work, safe work environments and an end to child labor abuse to the UNIONS. Yes, there are the stereotypical corrupt instance in history like the Teamster Union but that does not in any way represent the who nor unions today.

    And you and people on the right want to say the Left is uninformed. What a crock! Your post speaks directly to a significant need for more education and informed mind.

    October 1, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Darth Vadik, CA

    Big George in Big D,

    What an insulting thing to say about Hispanics, just because your brain is fried and you go along with the KKK and the Tea Party, that does not mean that he rest of the people are bigots and racist like you. You KKKonservatives really have a bad habit of projecting.

    October 1, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. John

    The REPUBLICAN are the one that put this country in dept, fighting two wars one we didn't need too and spent trillions of dollars fighting in Iraq and rebuilding Iraq. It was because of 8 years of BUSH. Want need too be done is you people need too get by the color of MR Obama skin and give him a chance. You give Bush 8 years too get us in this mess,but you expect MR Obama too get us out of it in one and half years.

    October 1, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. Someone

    Actually students in high school are very aware of the political system. I'm actually in class right now doing a report on this article. I'm sure many students know more about this kidn of stuff then their own parents-Just my opinion.

    October 1, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. Pete

    You hypocrypts on the right forgot who righted this ship after you sunk it with Bush Sr..Clinton ,remember him,the thorn in your side fixed our economy only to have it sunk again by you Repug geniuses with Bush Jr.,Cheney and your bud Jeb B. Obama trying to fix it again for the sake of the middle class.Why do millionaires spend millions on campaigns for a paltry positions but to thottle the economics of our country.Remember most millionaires pay less than 17% tax as to 25-34% for the middle class,and they have tax consules on hand to make all the loop holes work for them.Ask IRS how these millionaires keep from paying!!! Dems Unite!!

    October 1, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Canuck

    Anyone who makes less than $250,000 a year and still votes Republican is afool who has not grasped what is going on in America.

    October 1, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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