Poll: Obama maintains lead among Latino voters
July 25th, 2012
01:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Obama maintains lead among Latino voters

(CNN) – President Barack Obama remains overwhelmingly favored among Hispanics compared to Mitt Romney, according to a new poll.

Obama's advantage over the presumptive GOP nominee among the politically imperative demographic remains steady from previous months with the president taking 67% to Romney's 23% of registered Latino voters, according to a NBC-Wall Street Journal-Telemundo poll released Wednesday. Obama holds a six point advantage among all voters nationally.

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Obama was heavily favored among Hispanics last month as well. A NBC-WSJ poll released in June showed Obama ahead of Romney by 66% to 26% within the group.

The June numbers follow the president's executive order halting the deportation of illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children. And with a month for Obama's new policy to set in Obama has a huge 44 point advantage over Romney, up four points since June. Obama's order was popular nationwide but especially among Latinos who were significantly in favor of the new policy by almost nine-in-ten, according to the NBC-WSJ poll last month.

Hispanics are also in the president's column on the economy.

Obama holds a 59% approval rating among Hispanics in his handling of the economy compared to a 44% approval rating nationwide. Hispanic respondents also believe Obama would be better at handling the economy than Romney, opposite from a national view that Romney would be better by a 6 point margin.

Latino interest in the 2012 election, however, appears to be lacking. Latinos are about 10 points below the average national interest level with only 68 percent of Latinos placing themselves in the 'high-interest' category regarding the upcoming election. The number is also down from the group's interest level in 2008.

In an effort to appeal to the fast-growing demographic, candidates will target the group heavily in swing states with large Latino populations like Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico.

The poll was conducted by Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart and Republican pollster Bill McInturff from July 18-22 of 1,000 registered voters and an oversample of 300 Hispanic/Latino registered voters. It has a sampling error of plus or minus 5.7 percentage points.

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Filed under: Latinos • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Pieced Off

    Obama holds a six point advantage among all voters nationally.
    The poll was conducted by Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart and Republican pollster Bill McInturff from July 18-22. It has a margin of error of +/- 5.7%
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    In other words, Obama does NOT hold a lead over Romney and the race is a statistical TIE.
    Come CNN, who is writing this tripe?
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    Or...in other, other words Obama holds a 12 point lead. What part of "+/-5/7%" don't you understand?

    July 25, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. rs

    Mr. Obama's lead among minority voters is precisely why the GOP is aggressively pursuing "Voter Fraud" laws like the one in Pennsylvania that stands to disenfrancise 750,000 legal voters even though there is not one case of in-person voter fraud on record in the last 10 years. Yessir, the GOP loves Jim Crow!

    July 25, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. sonny chapman

    Attention Repubs.: Your power is slipping away. You tried to make this Country YOURS, not to be shared w/others. Voter Suppression is now kicking into high gear.

    July 25, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. Eric in Denver

    To all the geniuses out there you can actually look up the demographics of this poll. These are facts so do some research before you call this a right wing conspiracy. The poll surveyed 47% people identified as democrats, 36% as republicans and the rest unafilliated. It also surveyed a lot more women which as you know tend to vote democrat. As a republican I feel pretty good about this poll based on the actual facts. Obama is getting desperate now trying to reach out to the left wing media to get an advantage but in the end it will backfire. Obama will be gone in November thank the lord!!!!

    July 25, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. MTATL67

    Notice how Republican have given up on even trying to win this demographic.

    July 25, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Thomas

    As long as they fight Romney's war's, shovel out his horse stable , run his car elevator , and cut all his trees the same size.

    All will be Happy .

    Romney / Rove
    Viva en la banio 2012

    July 25, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. 1twinsfan

    In my half-Hispanic household, we have something we jokingly call "Mexican math" as practiced by mostly by my Hispanic husband. It's really just terrible math. "How many do you want?" "A couple!" So I bring him two when he then asks me why I didn't bring him five like he asked. I think the GOP also practices Mexican math. While nearly 2/3 of Hispanics in the US are citizens, if you asked the Rep party, they'd tell you 100% are illegal aliens.

    July 25, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. char

    2 of his biggest Latino supporters are Castro and Huge Chavez.. Whats that tell you

    July 25, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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