(CNN) - Newt Gingrich may have risen in the polls but Mitt Romney seems to be holding onto the Latino vote.
A survey released Wednesday by Latino Decisions commissioned by Spanish TV network Univision and ABC News shows the former Massachusetts governor with a 26 point lead over the former Speaker of the House in Florida.
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According to the poll, Republican Latinos in the Sunshine State prefer Romney 49% to Gingrich's 23%. Overall Latinos in the state like Romney better at a rate of 35 to 20%.
According to the state's Division of Elections there are close to 1.5 million registered Latinos in Florida or about 13 percent of total registered voters.
According to the survey, the support for Romney comes from the states two largest Latino groups; in south Florida Cuban Americans favor him 49% to 17%. Puerto Ricans are the second largest block residing mostly in the central part of the state also favor Romney but by a smaller margin of 39% to 21%.
An analysis released by Pew Hispanic of registered Latino voters in Florida reveals that they are more likely to register as Democrats after decades of Republican dominance.
Neither candidate is likely to benefit from Democrat leaning votes since the state only allows voters registered with each party to vote in their respective primary.
The Latino Decisions poll shows President Obama ahead of Romney in Florida on a head to head match-up by 67% to 25% but the president fares better against Gingrich with 70% favoring Obama with only 22% for the former speaker.
Nationwide the survey shows Latinos give Obama a 63% approval rate while support among the rest of the country hovers around 50%
Thirty-nine percent of Latinos think Democrats are doing a good job of reaching out to the community while only 17% say the same of Republicans, 45% say Republicans don't care about Hispanics and 25% say the GOP is hostile towards them.
Immigration is not the top issue for Latinos only 27% mention immigration reform/dream act as a top issue while the economy and the jobs (61%) are the top concern but 54% claim that they are more likely to reject a candidate if he pledges to veto legislation such the dream act.
The survey, which was conducted by Latino Decisions includes a national poll of Latino registered voters across all 50 states. The survey was in the field Jan 16-23 with 500 completed interviews and a sampling error of 4.4%. In Florida, 500 Latino registered voters were surveyed with a sampling error of 4.4%.