July 24th, 2008
09:15 AM ET
13 years ago

Poll: 'Sharp reversal' for Obama with Latino voters

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/07/24/pew.latino.poll/art.obamamccain.gi.jpg caption="A new poll out Thursday shows strong support for Sen. Barack Obama among Latinos."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new poll released Thursday shows overwhelming support from Latinos for Sen. Barack Obama over Sen. John McCain.

Obama's approval rating with registered Latino voters, the nationwide Pew Hispanic Center poll found, is at 66 percent versus 23 percent favoring McCain.

Obama's "strong showing in this survey represents a sharp reversal in his fortunes from the primaries, when Obama lost the Latino vote to Hillary Clinton by a margin of nearly 2-to-1," according to Pew Hispanic Center associate director Mark Hugo Lopez.

Obama's favorability among Latinos is slightly up from a Gallup Poll summary of surveys taken in May, which showed Obama with 62 percent of Latino voters nationwide, compared with 29 percent for McCain.

"He now appears to be even more popular than Hillary Clinton among Latinos," Lopez said.

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soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. Indian American guy

    well, what did u expect ? latinos have brains unlike the PUMorons

    July 24, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. A nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Hey I visited the Berlin Wall when it was dangerous and the press didn't cover my trip.

    The press is sick covering a US Senator who has spent less than 123 work days in the senate and will be given a pension that kings could covet.

    Amazing the amount of sick people (mentally) Obama doesn't deserve the honor, hasn't accomplished anything to win the honor and has no experience except talking. I like Denzel better and he speaks better.

    Isn't it funny that most of Ossama's supporters are uneducated and illiterate. But that is sad as well. Someone should teach them the difference between lose and loose. And the "60 year old white woman" should add descriptive phrase behind her name as "white trash."

    Vote Hillary she is the true leader. Experience, conjones and dependablilty

    July 24, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. Susan

    Latinos know a fraud when they see one, and that fraud is John McCain!

    July 24, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    "He now appears to be even more popular than Hillary Clinton among Latinos," Lopez said

    So, uh John Boy, have you thought about taking early retirement?

    July 24, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. PGB

    "He now appears to be even more popular than Hillary Clinton among Latinos," Lopez said.


    July 24, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. Chris from NY

    Latinos live in this country. They know what we know, see what we see and feel what we feel. They know as we do that change for the better is in the air and have decied to join the sailing ship.

    July 24, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. Never Barak Obama

    No latinos are not supporting Obama! The so called Polls of Polls are a joke!

    July 24, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. It's Time

    Everyone, except a few bigots and a few sore losers, is coming together, ready to support Barack Obama as the next President of the United States. Racism will not hold us back this fall...we will elect the right man into office, and our country will begin a slow healing process. How exciting to think that one day soon we'll have a chance to correct the wrongs and mistakes we've made under Republican leadership for 8 years. Return our nation to its former greatness. I can't wait!!

    July 24, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. LatinoForObamaLove

    Latino for Obama, Latinos love obama, we relate to Obama he is minority like us, let change America racist view and go forward.

    July 24, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. Mike

    It's still disturbing that 41% of Americans give McCain any credit. This post is not meant to be an unfounded attack on McCain, but people need to start paying attention. There was nothing wrong with McCain two years ago. He worked hard for what he believed in. He told his own party to, you know, when appropriate, and he worked with people from both sides. I am personally tired of this division in America between Democrats and Republicans. What bothers me about McCain is he accuses Obama day in and day out of political pandering when he is the king of political pandering, which anybody with common sense can see by looking at his record in the senate and comparing it to what he is saying today.

    July 24, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. Barrack Obama

    Those are DEM polls not National polls here in my State of Illinois Latinos favor me by just 5 points another words Obama with 47 McCain with 42. Again don't belive those polls they are Dem control polls the Liberals polls that favor OBAMA. Down in NY, FLA. OH, and everywhere else those polls are for McCain with the Latinos votes!!!!

    July 24, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  12. Fred

    Indian American Guy

    That sounds really racist. They are looking at the facts and believe Obama is right for the job.

    July 24, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Lisa

    I can't recall another time when I saw such jealousy over a politician.

    All these haters posting are hating all the positive attention Obama is getting only because their sorry, pathetic candidates are getting none.

    Do you haters know why your sorry pathetic candidate is getting no attention? Because they are boring!

    July 24, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. Maria Lopez - TX


    Yes we can!

    July 24, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. Will from NYC

    apples and oranges... there is absolutely no relationship between how a candidate does in state primaries where all the voters belong to one party.

    When it goes to two parties like this poll then reality about the national elections begins to gel.

    July 24, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. San Antonio

    This must be a CNN poll/Obama poll, because my friends are not that incredibly excited about Barack Obama.
    When I read that it reported that Obama is more popular than Hillary, I know that it is a shaded report. That simply is not true. Quit pandering and start leading or do not ask for my vote.

    July 24, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. KM

    What did you expect, did you think that Latinos had more in common with McCain?

    July 24, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    How can a Latino possibly vote for a Republican again??????????????
    After ALL the hate-mongering towards illegal immigrants! The way our government rounds these people up, without concern for their children who come home to empty homes! HOW IS THIS PROLIFE??????????HOW IS THIS JUSTICE?!

    We are Cuban-Americans who voted for Bush in 2000, and have lived to REGRET it! We are disgusted by the GOP and its fear-and-hate-mongering ads, policies and divisiveness!

    Once we were Republicans, but since 2001 we are Independents! We voted for Kerry and now we support Sen. Obama.

    The Republicans can not be fair towards illegal immigrants, though they have to be careful since our farming industry depends on "illegal immigrants" for their labor! I DON'T SEE WHITE KIDS LINING UP TO PICK APPLES OR SPINACH!

    We believe that Sen. Obama and the Democrats will give the U.S. the best most just policy in dealing with the immigration issue.

    Sen. Obama....... SI SE PUEDE!!!! DIOS LO BENDIGA!

    July 24, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. Allan

    Gee, how disappointing for the mainstream media. They kept telling us that Obama has a "Latino problem," but he doesn't. A "Jewish problem," but he doesn't. A "women problem," but he doesn't.

    I expect we'll be reading next that Obama has a "problem" because he's not convincing neo-Nazis, KKK members, and garden-variety racists to vote for him...

    July 24, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. Charlotte

    Without Hillary, the pickings are slim. I wish they would write Hillary on their ballots in November. There is another choice, in most states you can write in the person you prefer. I will write Hillary Clinton on my ballot in November

    July 24, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. Independent-Minded American


    July 24, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. mayahh

    Even Latinos deserve change....... Obama for President..

    July 24, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. McCain Lies!

    I knew this all along, they are not dumb. They know that mccain once referred to latinos as cheap labor and that is al they mean to him. Mccain is not for the people unless you are the 2% of this country who have billions or more.

    July 24, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. tedious898

    I told everybody my latino brothers and sisters are muy intelligente

    They would vote for Barack not "what's his name"

    July 24, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  25. Abby

    gracias mis hermanos y hermanas.We have to stand together!!! todos los Amricans Te amo!!!

    July 24, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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