CNN Poll: Obama at 70% among Latino voters
October 2nd, 2012
04:00 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN Poll: Obama at 70% among Latino voters

(CNN) – The latest national survey of likely Latino voters shows President Barack Obama retaining a big lead over rival Mitt Romney in the key voting demographic, matching the level of support he received from Latinos in 2008.

The poll also showed a majority of Latinos said the economy was a more important issue than immigration, and indicated enthusiasm among Latinos is lower than it is among non-Latino whites.

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Obama enjoys the backing of 70% of likely Latino voters, according to the CNN/ORC International survey, slightly higher than the 67% of Latinos who voted for him in 2008. Republican nominee John McCain garnered 31% of the 2008 Latino vote. In 2004, 53% of Latinos went for the Democratic nominee John Kerry over the 44% who went for President George W. Bush, according to national exit polls.

In Tuesday's poll, Romney wins support from 26% of Latino voters questioned.

Obama's approval rating has improved markedly among Latinos since 2010, the poll indicated. He stood at 57% approval two years ago, and was at 68% in Tuesday's poll. Twenty-eight percent of Latinos disapproved of the job Obama is doing as president, compared to 41% who disapproved in 2010.

When asked to rate their enthusiasm for voting on Election Day, 24% of Latinos said they were extremely enthusiastic, compared to 25% who said very enthusiastic, 24% who said somewhat enthusiastic, and 14% who said they were not enthusiastic.

Those numbers are lower than the enthusiasm figures for non-white Latinos, as measured in a CNN/ORC poll taken at the end of September. In that survey, 41% of non-Latino whites said they were extremely enthusiastic about voting in November.

A Pew Hispanic Center report released Monday predicted getting eligible Latino voters to the polls in November would provide the campaigns with a challenge. The report indicated a record 23.7 million Latinos are eligible to vote November 6, but that the turnout rate for the group in 2008 – 50% - was lower than that of black voters (65%) and white voters (66%).

In Tuesday's CNN/ORC survey, 44% of Latino adults rated the economy as their top issue, while immigration policy came in a distant second at 14%. Asked to choose between the economy and immigration, nearly three quarters of Latinos – 74% - said the economy was more important. Twenty-three percent said immigration.

Broken down by topic, 50% of Latinos said unemployment was the top economic issue facing the country. Nineteen percent named the federal deficit, and 15% said gas prices.

Large majorities of Latinos named Obama as the candidate who would better handle the issues they rate as most important – 68% said the president would better handle the economy generally, and 69% said Obama would better handle unemployment.

On immigration policy, Obama's lead was even greater: 74% said the president would better handle the hot button issue, compared to 20% who named Romney.

The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International with telephone interviews of 601 adult Latinos, in English and Spanish, between September 25 and October 1. The sampling error was plus or minus 5.5 percentage points for likely voters, and 4 percentage points for all Latino adults.

CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • CNN/ORC International poll • Latinos • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (309 Responses)
  1. Jeff

    The equation is easy – Democrats want larger government and more people dependent on government. Hispanics are generally on the lower income side, and depend on government. Ergo, Hispanics support the candidate who will give more handouts to the poor (them). There you have it folks!

    October 2, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. Ron in California

    Obama gave Latinos a temp. Fix for the immigration problem, and he won't do a damn thing in his 2nd term if he wins. Romney has said he has a plan to tackle the immigration problem and I believe he will do so in a fare way.
    I hate that he is being attacked for being successful. We need a business man to get out away from this spending Obama and the Dems are doing. 16Trillion, are you kidding me? Even with the Bush wars we were only at 10T, how do you spend that much in 3 years? No more bailing out these banks. Too big to fail my butt.
    Romney/Ryan 2012.

    October 2, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. cosmo

    Being Mexican their use to working for minimum wage, so Obama works for them.

    October 2, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Yeah, fish like water, bears like honey, and Latinos vote Democrat........Thanks, CNN. Continue to ignore Libya, the economy, and the incompentence of Obama, while we note the obvious. Hope you're comfortable at the bottom of the cable networks.

    October 2, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. blackdove

    non–news politico in the sewer again

    October 2, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. BlackDynamite

    The guy is Mexican, and only gets 26%?

    How did he get so much?
    BD

    October 2, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. MrMellow

    If I were Latino I would vote for Obama over Romney. Romney said back in January 2012 that he wanted self deportation. Romney said that to get the Republican nomination. Now Romney is saying Latinos can stay. Also, Romney's party blocked the Dream Act. Latinos can not trust Romney. Pres Obama not only put the only Latino on the Supreme Court, but he also signed an exec order saying that young Latinos can stay. Pres Obama also supports the Dream Act.

    October 2, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. dave

    Vice President Biden said today (Tuesday Oct 2, 2012) that the middle class has been "buried the last four years". Biden made the remark at a campaign stop in Charlotte, N.C.

    LOL, bite me Biden can’t open his mouth without sticking his foot in it.

    October 2, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. air2air2

    Yet another CNN poll of Democrats, with the expected result. Out in the real world, Romney is actually polling higher among Latinos.

    October 2, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. tr

    Hey ron in California...you spelled "fair"wrong.

    October 2, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. linda

    This must be the minus 46% he doesn't care about!

    October 2, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  12. kiki

    This Hispanic and my family of about 50 are leaning to the Right and a couple of them are going libertarian.

    October 2, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Andrew

    I dont Trust Republicans for a second with an immigration solution ! Romney's plan has been self deport !
    Now he has FLIPPED FLOPPED again about the Deferred action Obama gave to children.he now supports it ! Imagine that

    October 2, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. torey s.

    "50% of Latinos said unemployment was the top economic issue facing the country."

    then why would latino's possibly want to re-elect obama then? he has not done anything to create jobs and lower the unemployment rate...

    October 2, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. linda

    meaning Romney....

    October 2, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. seeingitself

    Here's some of the insanity the republican party will pursue if Romney gets elected. This planet is sick. The repubs will make it sicker. The Republican platform will pursue dirty coal, dismantle the protections of the EPA, give carte blanche to the fossil fuel industry, allow national parks to decline and sell off much of the land (while not taxing the 1% who earn 80% of the income), and many other environmentally hostile measures. Like it or not, when the environment suffers, we suffer. Don't vote for the selfish right, don't let them continue to line their own pockets & the pockets of the wealthy while they turn a deaf ear to the poor & middle class. They do not care about anyone but themselves, the rich, & keeping them rich – & the planet be damned. Vote for Obama in November!

    October 2, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. Deborah Darington

    Really? That's interesting because deportations hit record highs under Obama!

    October 2, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  18. TomCom

    Middle class Repubs are airheads. Romney wants to get rid of Middle class deductions ( mortgage, insurance, dependents) and they are all for it.

    October 2, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  19. tr

    Oh. By the ron... no kidding. The last time that I checked, 10 trillion was larger than 6 trillion. Cmon guys ...Robme is done.

    Obama /Biden 2012

    October 2, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. Margy

    Every five minutes a new poll comes out, this is getting ridiculous. Where is the real news? Afghan deaths, Libya coverup, continued unrest in the middle east, border patrol agent killed. A new poll is headlines and the real stories are put in a corner. It looks like the news affiliates are working for the campaigns and nothing else. Stop It!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 2, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. texas

    Im hispanic and im voting for romney amd i have a low income job...and all these racist comments are ridiculous..if hispanics see alll rep. Talkinglike this how can you get them to vote for romney

    October 2, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  22. Old Warrior

    I'm having a hard time understanding how Latinos can embrace a party that doesn't support traditional family values and boos and heckles the inclusion of the word 'God' in their platform on national television. Additionally, the largest labor unions in our country are not staunch supporters of the Dream Act as it applies to impacting job availability for US Citizens who are currently dues paying members. Unions are the party's largest financial contributors.

    The fact the President issued a temporary halt to deporting kids in the US not of their own doing is nothing more than a way of bribing you for your vote. That in no way changes the current laws on the books regarding immigration.

    October 2, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. sim city

    The equation is easy – Democrats want larger government and more people dependent on government. Hispanics are generally on the lower income side, and depend on government. Ergo, Hispanics support the candidate who will give more handouts to the poor (them). There you have it folks!

    October 2, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  24. mike alameda

    very admirable numbers for president Obama, latinos are the people who work the most and get paid the least and that is why they sometimes need goverment help, no shame on that ! congratulations mr president for having a wise sense of leadership!

    October 2, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  25. EdR

    Why 26% of any group supports Romney is the question. 1% Makes much more sense, because they are the only group that would benefit from having him as president.

    October 2, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
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