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. Keeker

    Gee I wonder why? Obama is a great talker but in my day we call people like him a big BS'ER if you get my meaning. He is a President alot like Jimmy Carter but way more of a socialist pig that's right PIG.

    October 2, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. TheOriginalMe

    Well, if you're latino chances are that you're within the 47%, that Mr. Romney called victims, irresponsible people. I'm latina so is my hubby, we work very hard, we're in our late 30's and still have many things we want to accomplish in life, we don't get government assistant (hopping we don't loose our jobs), except some help we got when we buy our first home (let's don't forget even banks were bailout), we pay payroll taxes. I think we're very responsible people, we take care of ourselves and yes want more, but middle class is an in danger species now, if we don't get help we will poor soon instead of middle class and then we're going to go for the government help. So Mr. Romney don't need to worry about us, because we don't give a sh... about him =)

    October 2, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. jpmichigan

    No one has to wonder why. No immigration Bill, but plenty of last minute (before election) promises.

    October 2, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. EL ZORRO

    Sorry haters we are keeping the white house,and we are having a big fiesta! uuuurraaaaaa
    tell all the milionares who support you guys,to give all that money to charity.do something good for humanity.

    October 2, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. richd

    CNN PLEASE post the method of poll selection!

    Seems you measure the dems and then claim it's unbiased

    October 2, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. The Annoyed Elephant

    CNN continues to prove the left's obsession with race.

    October 2, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. uhhhh

    LOL at all the people getting bent out of shape here. Latinos are taking over this country. get over it. jajaja <– that's "hahaha' in spanish.

    October 2, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. SouthernCelt

    Another aspect of Latinos is they are largely Catholic so why would they vote for someone opposed to The Church?

    October 2, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. uhhh

    LOL at all the people getting bent out of shape here. Latinos are taking over this country. get over it. jajaja <– that's "hahaha' in spanish.

    October 2, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Diriangen

    Wow!, that it is totally impressive and inspiring to see some one, having the power like this president to move the masses of all kind...That's why as a Hispanic that I am, I have the highest regard for this president... All my respect to him, for being very conscious, and this is a perfect sample of those who laugh at him for being a "Community Organizer"...This goes to show, that it is much better by far to understand the basics needs of the masses from the ground up, then from the top-down...That's why a very conscious and humble man like he is, he does not need to prove any body wrong about his policies for his fellows Americans...It's a shame to see those who have oppose him. Instead of using cheap arguments, knowingly that they created this situation in the firs place. They run to blame others and try to cover their massive mistakes, in addition they tend to forget who are they are working for....But then again, there is a say in America very wisely, "What goes around, comes around" and now they'll pay for the mistakes. They think that the American people does not pay attention to the process about what's going on in politics, How wrong they are...All their policies have being wrong against America, and what they do, is go to the basics rethorics as excuse, by mentioning the founding fathers of this great democracy, Shameful I may add... Lastly, in the GOP (Grab Of Power), they believe only in two classes Rich's and Poor's, nothing in the middle..

    October 2, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. 1CentFree

    I'm surprised that NEITHER and OTHER are not much higher than ROMNEY as an option. If fact, I'm surprised that ROMNEY's number is not negative after that 47% comment.

    October 2, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. Jake

    Just look at Romney's strenght, the upper class, wealthy, and the Republican Red States whites who are either poor or hard working misinformed people who feel somehow that Romney is the answer and the path for a better tomorrow. Their tomorrow is not Romney's tomorrow. Romney is NEVER the answer for the folks in these states. Every day that your Republican Red State remains as the poorest in America is proof and testement to the failure of the Republicans who lead your state. A Republican as leader of the nation will be the topping on a continued path of misery for the Red States.

    You folks are smarter than that, you know Romney cannot possibly understand what is in your best interest and what your hopes are, he's never been remotely anywhere what you are and what your dreams are. Don't believe this man, he serves those with the most over those with the least. Time to change that mindset Republicans have that you will vote for them because you don't know better. You do. The Time is Now.

    October 2, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Just more "hand out" mentality. That's all that people vote for, with Democrats........"gimme".

    October 2, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. bob

    Oh come on, a poll on CNN? Zero credibility?

    October 2, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. obamaCares

    Latinos can see how phony rattmey is, there no way we well ever vote for the candidate right out the 50's

    October 2, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. OMEN

    latinos will rule the USA in a few more years.Sorry blacks and whites, but its the truth.

    October 2, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. Noel Canales

    most millionaires give plenty to charity can you say for youself. probably not. ELZORRO you would have a fiesta if that hous was buring and you did not even know it. wake up. dont be a liberal zombie. the 47% remarks was right. most people are zombies

    October 2, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  18. Fourleaf Tayback

    Obama BROKE HIS PROMISE TO LATINOS to take on immigration reform. He did nothing. He could have passed anything that he wanted to in his first two years...anything...but he choose OBAMACARE. HE SPIT IN THE FACE OF LATINOS.

    October 2, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. marjee123

    Oh yeah when President Obama leads in a poll the GOP complainers YELL it's a lie. They can't take the fact that this country DOES NOT WANT MIIT. So 70% of Latinos will vote for President Obama. 98% of the blacks will vote for President Obama 55% of women will vote for President Obama and college kids and now seniors are heading his way. BUT CNN HAS A POLL LIKE NO OTHER THAT SAYS THEY ARE EVEN. No matter how they try to spin it there are not enough old white rich republcan men to make up for all that.

    October 2, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. Sorensen

    What on earth are the last 30% thinking? Romney?????
    Wake up!

    October 2, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. Peter

    jolink653 wrote: "So Latinos are worried about the economy the most, yet they want to vote for the guy who has done absolutely nothing to fix it, and in fact has gotten worse since he took office? That's terrific logic..."

    No, I think that many Latinos, like many other Americans, are wary of voting back in the party that got us here in the first place with tax cuts in the middle of two expensive wars! That's some fiscal responsibility, eh?

    October 2, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. Oliver

    I'm 100% and I am voting for Obama/Biden!! I just do not understand the the other small percentage of Latinos voting for Romney.

    October 2, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. dean

    Latinos love handouts and the Democratic party does that well.There is not much of an incentive to better themselves so they remain the same.That is why they love Obama in a very bad economy.

    October 2, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. DP

    I don't know if this represents how much latinos "don't" connect with Romney, or if it says that most latinos really want to give Obama another chance. I'd like to think that latinos are more forgiving and patient than most & realize that this type of change takes time. Personally speaking, I haven't much in common with either candidate, but I know that in terms of closeness, I'm way closer to Obama than Romney. I don't connect with him in terms of his party, his religion, his cold business like stance, or his unproven ability to make a point without alienating a whole 47% of the people. I just don't think that most latinos feel wholeheartedly that this guy (Romney) will have their back should he be president.

    October 2, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. pioux

    Obama is one LUCKY guy the Republican presidential line-up absolutely sucked this term... If anyone half decent ran... he wouldn't have a chance in hell to win. Republicans on the other hand... dug their own hole on this issue... Immigrants most important issue is the economy where Romney is supposed to be strong... but why are people running away from him and the Right? Because the right portrays immigrants and minorities in general as leeches and devils of society. With minorities and Latinos in particular moving to the majority rather than a minority of the population, the Republican party needs to soften their tone. Do not get me wrong, immigrants do NOT want handouts... just half a chance to make it... I know that's what I want... The sad part, Republicans know that immigrants are REALLY a perfect fit for their party, but lets the party ideology get in the way of reasonable arguments.

    October 2, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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