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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