(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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We are a smart bunch. I am in the 47% that supports Obama. The 47% Romney spoke of as victims are his supporters in Republican states with Republican governors.
Every poll seems "skewed" to Obama. Ha ha ha ha hahahahaha! Skewed. You guys are hilarious on the right. The math of polls and the math of taxes just don't add up when you talk. Obama 2012! Yahooo!!
This just shows how incredibly stupid the Mexicans are.
well this should come as absolutely NO surprise to anyone. Do they get their free phone when the come in the door or afer they leave?
Well many came from Mexico, and if they want a broke, corrupt, poorly ran government like that Obama is the right choice. That's why they come in at the lowest education level of any immigrant. So their opinion is not really that important, other than proof that Obama panders for votes.
The lot of them
Would any of the idiot teatroll monsters yammering about "illegals" be doing so if the headline were about Irish voters supporting Obama by 70%? Of course not. No matter what they say, the issue would never be characterized that way if it weren't brown people we're talking about, particularly latinos, because the latino populations in traditionally solid red states are outgrowing the white populations and threatening to turn them purple and blue. And therein lies your answer.
I repeat: "For English, Press TWO." Enjoy staying awake at night with that ringing around in your empty heads, bigots.
Don't disrspect Latinos with your biased "want free stuff, illegality, etc". The fastest growing voting group, about to explode demographically, is, together with more college educated women -another fast growing voting group- much more savvy, enlightened and politically knowledgeable and engaged than in the past. Latinos know that the unemployment is high, the economy is not as good and gas prices are high. Yet they understand that this is because of failed Republican policies and ideology such as trickle down Reaganomics, deregulation, corporate welfare, loopholes for the rich, over taxing the middle class, lack of investment in education, infrastructure, energy, etc. They also know that the Party of No, from day one, did everything it could to make President Obama fail in his job bills, economic proposals etc. They also know that even though things are not improving as fast and as well as they should, going back to the same old failed policies of Bush and Chenney, that got us in this recession in the first place and which romney/RYAN would thry to take us back to, is not even an alternative. Creen que somos tontos o estamos locos?? Estamos Unidos con nuestro PRESIDENTE OBAMA!! Forward, fired up, ready to go, adelante LATINOS FOR OBAMA!!!
Lol... im sure they pulled their sample from a hispanic community that just so happened to be full of African Americans who vote based on race.
At the beginning of the last century the GOP had nearly 100% of the black vote, now they have none of it. Why? Simply look at the rhetoric Republicans feel comfortable saying publicly. Now they have started on the hispanics, like that will end up going well.
It doesn't surprise me that immigration reform is one of the key Latino issues at play in this election. What does surprise me are how many Latinos continue to support President Obama. His rhetoric recently caters to the Latino voter block, and I'm extremely disappointed that Latinos choose to believe it.
this garbage. why is cnn, msnbc, and other media outlets not reporting the big strories. Our abasasor was killed and the the claim is that they requested more protection earlier and it was denied. CNN drops the ball again! go to http://www.foxnews for real news, not garbage
This is breaking news? I thought maybe the fact that the consulate in Libya had requested additional security prior to the deadly attacks and was denied such request was breaking news. Or that questions are being asked as to how much the administration knew, should have known or denied might be breaking news. Oh, I forgot – this is CNN.
Oh, so that whole "we're going to arrest and deport you unless you can prove your citizenship on demand" thing backfired? Shocking.
Muy bien, mis amigos! Si se puede! That 26% who like Romney are those hard core Republican Cubans who came to this country not because they wanted to, but because Fidel came along and upset the apple cart in their homeland. They think they can jouin forces with the Tea Baggers and transform the US into a Third World country like they had in Cuba when Batsita was their dictator, with a small embedded elite and no middle class. But most Americans are descended from those who came here because of equal opportunity for all, and we aim to keep it that way.
30pct of latinos are israel-firsters evanjellies, just like the rest.
Tell me how an illegal alien registers to vote.
Proud Republican: Would you care to explain how illegals are voting and then provide some proof of in-person voter fraud ?
..... (silence, the sound of chirping crickets in the distance) .....because that vast conspiracy of individuals who don't want to tangle with the authorities must just be lining up to identify themselves and place themselves at risk for felony fraud charges for putting a X on a piece of paper once every 4 years.
What do the Republicans expect? You could count on one hand how many people of color were at their convention. When are they going to smarten up and rethink their pea-brained positions?
So it is 70% and not 47%... Why should we even have an election with all these wild articles.
Here's an idea. Why don't we have people vote in an election before declaring a winner.....Seriously?
YES, the majority of the Latino voters care more for the economy than for immigration.
Thank goodness its only a poll (a small sampling of hispanic names from phone books). Not to mention of being conducted by CNN International, that should tell you something. Obozo will not win this election 'cause of failed policies, people are not blind and not deaf, a non kept promise is a LIE, and Obozo has 16% non-kept promises. Wake up America, the liar is in front of you lieing again.
70% wow...really? That's as obvious as saying Honey Boo Boo doesn't eat healthy.
Supporters of Obama, please do not be complacent and think Obama is going to win. You need to vote! Do not let the poll fool you to a sense of false security. If WE don't turn out the vote then these poll numbers showing our President winning are mute. Do not let GOP tactics to prevent you from voting, (voter ID laws). Vote, vote, vote!!! Obama 2012!!!
they'll vote for the devil as long as he isn't a gabacho, it's why they voted for Obama; "for the color of his skin, not for the content of his character"