Poll: Latinos more positive about economy
October 3rd, 2012
12:50 PM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Latinos more positive about economy

(CNN) - A new CNN/ORC International poll released Wednesday finds that Latinos are more optimistic about the economy than non-Latino whites, but six in ten see the economy in poor shape.

The poll finds 61% of Latinos say the economy is in poor shape, while 39% say it is in good shape. The views are generally negative but more optimistic than the views of non-Latino whites, who split 79% to 21% poor shape over good shape, according to the results of a CNN/ORC International poll conducted between September 28 and 30.

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The majority of Latinos - 56% - believe the government should be promoting traditional values, while 41% say it should not. As to whether government is doing too much which should be left to individuals and businesses, 42% said yes and 54% said no. Among Latinos registered to vote, the split was even at 48%.

Latino voters are considered an especially important demographic in the 2012 campaign and are being courted by both sides. A CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday showed President Barack Obama with a significant lead over GOP challenger Mitt Romney among Latino likely voters.

Although six in ten see the economy in poor shape, Latinos appear to be increasingly optimistic that they will achieve the American dream. The difference between data from this survey and a 2010 survey used in comparison overlap within the polls' sampling errors.

The 2010 CNN sample found 45% believed they could reach the American Dream, while that number stands at 54% today.

Just over one in three - 34% believe they have achieved the American dream already. Just over one in ten - 11% - believe they will never reach the American dream.

The survey included 601 Latino adults reached by telephone between September 25 and October 1. It has a sampling error of plus or minus 4 points.

– CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    I am glad someone is not whining about economy. A dance party is what you make of it. Want to stand on the wall and whine about how terrible it is? Be my guest conservatives.

    October 3, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. gt

    the 29% who think the economy is good shape ..... unbelievable......thats why i dont much in polls.....

    October 3, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    All Latinos were once classified by the census bureau as White and I've always wondered why. I've never heard a classification of Black and non-black, I wonder why.

    October 3, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. ST

    The mess Pres. Obama has cleaned up so far is too huge. I do not see any sounding reason why should anyone let Romney clean up that very little mess left. Where was he in 2008 when the real mess was overflowing?

    October 3, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Borderless

    No wonder they are pulling for him. Maybe they're the only demographic in the US that's doing better under his presidency.

    October 3, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. Latinos more Optimistic...?

    61% of Latinos say that the economy is in bad shape...So if the majority think that the economy is in bad shape..who are the ones more optimistic...? Sound like Media-double-talk....!

    October 3, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Lionel

    I am a Latino and I am voting for Obama.

    The Republicans left us an economic mess and two wars. They have given over 5 trillion in tax cuts to super wealthy and now the Republicans are complaining that Obama did not clean it up fast.

    We are not stupid people Republicans, we have seen how congress has sabotaged the recovery.

    Obama 2012

    October 3, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. BLKMANinAmerica

    Ok, clearly Latin's are more willing then white Americans to admit the TRUTH.

    October 3, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. wes

    Poll: Latinos more positive about economy

    The poll finds 61% of Latinos say the economy is in poor shape, while 39% say it is in good shape

    I love it– what a spin on this one how are they saying its better when 61% say it sucks

    October 3, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. truth hurts

    Poll: Latinos more positive about economy
    The poll finds 61% of Latinos say the economy is in poor shape,
    ================================================

    Honestly CNN, who is writing these article titles? Wouldn't a more accurate title be "Poll: 61% of Latinos agree the economy STINKS"

    October 3, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. megamimi

    Department of Labor statistics show that the majority of new jobs and returning jobs in the economy, low paying service jobs for the most part, that have been allegedly added and much touted by the Obama administration have and are going to immigrants, both legal and illegal. Even though the majority of Latino voters are not happy with the economy, perhaps the smaller numbers of dissatisfied in this "bloc' than with some others is attributable to the aforementioned stats?

    October 3, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. charlie319

    The reasons Latinos are Less pessimistic than the rest of us are:
    1- because their relatives live in couontries where our mess is a step up from theirs.
    2- Because most of them have a relatively low level of education and can't grasp the mess we're in.
    3- They have jobs if they are illegal because their employer is not paying payroll taxes.

    BTW, I'm Hispanic and while I will vote for every other Republican candidate, I won't vote for Romney because of his stance on illegal immigration in general and his about face on the Obama illegal de-facto amnesty on young illegal aliens in particular. The more of those folks that arrive here from there, the more this will look like their former country until not even they will want to live here.

    October 3, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. Borderless

    Lionel: Obama offered to cover all the legal costs of government contractors that violate the WARN Act if they don't give their workers advance notice of layoffs before his election. Now, in this context, wouldn't you say that's just a bit worse than a mere tax beak? Also, what is the difference between a tax break and a bail out? Also what is the difference between a tax break to a big business and a guaranteed loan to a big business that goes bankrupt? Are today's Democrats so daft that they can't see Obama is doing the same thing as Republicans but selling it under different names?

    October 3, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. Gurgyl

    Economy is definitely improving. True. War and trickle down torn-economy takes some more time to fully equip to the fullest level. Yes, on Obama12.

    October 3, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. OsamaBinBiden

    I believe most Republicans do not really like Latinos.... that is what I sense when Limbaugh talks about immigration issues. I believe Romney just ride with immigration issues on whatever suits him to get Latino votes! Go Barack..... Go Biden..... take all the handsome Latino votes!

    October 3, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Where was he in 2008 when the real mess was overflowing?"

    Mittens? He was busy drinking from a gold-plated board room toilet.

    October 3, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. jaimie

    Romney ........ No honesty no integrity

    October 3, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. jaimie

    Romneyhood ......... Give to the Rich take from the poor

    October 3, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. Ind.

    I'm voting for Obama, I have my Obama Phone.

    October 3, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. ObamaBinBiden

    I am organizing all the Latino neighbors to rally for Obama and have a Latino celebration party post election! We will cook and make Obama Buritos.... for I believe that Obama's Burito is more substance than Romney's El Tronco!

    October 3, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. ghostriter

    Borderless, I am not hispanic and doing quite well. Then again, I have a degree. Republicans tend to look down upon folks with degrees. And low income folks attempting to get one.

    Unemployment for those with a degree.....4%.

    October 3, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  22. ghostriter

    Borderless, tell the real story. The administration asked contractors to delay sending out notices because they layoffs may not happen. The offered to pay for any legal fees.

    Interesting.....sure. Just like republicans, definitely. Worth the republican backlash, especially since they do the exact same things......hardly.

    October 3, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. Al

    They must have interviewed or surveyed a small segment of the Latino population, a very small segment.

    October 3, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. cali girl

    In the fly on the wall video of Robmey, he said Latinos are killing the country.
    Now he wonders why he has low % of Latinos that would vote for him.
    Robmey also brought in PAID Latinos to the Telemundo show.

    October 3, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. truth hurts

    ghostriter
    Borderless, I am not hispanic and doing quite well. Then again, I have a degree. Republicans tend to look down upon folks with degrees. And low income folks attempting to get one.
    Unemployment for those with a degree.....4%.
    ===========================================================================================
    Republicans??? Sounds like YOU are!

    October 3, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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