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. Mel



    July 24, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. Lisa, MD

    That's good. I'm glad that Latinos are seeing that Obama is for all Americans. We need more people in the brain pool for the presidency–women, Latinos, Native Americans, Asians, everybody. Someday we will have a president from all of these groups because America is about EVERYBODY, not just white men.

    I want my president to be smart, honest, and have integrity and the leadership skills to move this country forward. That's it–I don't care what race or gender.

    July 24, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. obamacrat

    Viva Obama!

    July 24, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. Abby

    A nightingale Sings in Berkley Square, Hillary is voting for Barack you loony toon!

    July 24, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. scooter

    what a crock........................

    July 24, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |

    Living here in Chicagoland..Hillary is still more popular with Lantinos....Cook county and Kendall county..know that Obama has done nothing for us.....wake-up America...his AMERICAN IDOL tour is about to come to an end and then what???? He's got nothing...Bring back Hillary a candidate who is for ALL AMERICANS!!!!!!

    July 24, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. NSmith, New York, NY

    "Isn't it funny that most of Ossama's supporters are uneducated and illiterate"

    Haha, um, actually Hillary had a lock on the voters you mentioned. Look it up, smarty pants. Too funny. By the way, learn how to spell "Berkeley." It's not "Berkley Square."

    July 24, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. Chris from Baltimore

    How can this be?

    I thought the Hillary supporters declared that Latinos would NEVER support Obama, and that the election would be lost without Latino support.

    Oh, well, I guess all that's left to stop Obama is to dust off the "he's a closet Muslim" claim.

    Yeah, that'll work...

    July 24, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. mayahh

    A nightingale STINGS .. You sound JEALOUS ,,, experience is the best teacher...

    July 24, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. Ricky - Hispanic/Educated and voting for Obama

    I am a 25 year old Hispanic male with a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing.

    And I, as well as the rest of my family, am voting for Barack Obama.

    July 24, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    This is good news!! From a family of Puerto Rican descent–I'm pleased latin Americans living legally in the U.S. aren't so ignorant as to realize that America cannot continue to be the world's policman while the nations of western europe (especially Germany and France) sit on the sidelines and reap the rewards of our lost blood and revenue–while they ridicule our efforts. If we're going to have to carry the ball for the entire world–then WE should establish the rules. Our citizens are bearing most of the cost and bloodshed in the war on terror–while our industrialized wealthy allies just sit and watch.

    Hispanic Americans seem to realize that we're operating solo in Afghanistan–and that Iraq is a pivotal point in mideast power/peace. If we are to ever escape this predicament–we must be tough not only on our enemies but our cowardly and cheap allies.

    Too bad so many other Americans appear to be ignorant of these facts.

    July 24, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. Mike

    What a shocking Poll. I guess this means that most Latino's are not Corporate Billionairs? And I surmise that Latino Soldiers actually want to have GI.Bill education benefits. Insightful stuff indeed.

    July 24, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. Terry, NJ

    Popular than Hillary among Latinos? Oh please.. All the Latinos I know can't stand the Koolaid man. Lopez's nose is obviously brown from someone's rear it's been stuck up.

    July 24, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. Jeff in SF

    It never did seem likely to anyone outside the media that any significant number of Clinton voters, Latino or otherwise, would move to McCain. Democrats & independents will most naturally go for Obama.

    July 24, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. Dan from Kitchener

    Time for people to face the facts Obama is so far ahead of John McCain on appearance, intelligence, policy and honesty how could anyone with a modicum of common sense not support him.

    After reading many of the ridiculous Republican statements in the blogs it would seem they are so narrow minded they just can't understand the importance of America's image world wide.

    It's time for average people in America to help out the less informed and slower witted people understand things can get a lot worse than they are today. No country is an Island unto itself and needs the friendship and compatibility of as many other nations as possible.

    The U.S. has developed into the laughing stock of the world over the past 8 years and this upcoming election will be how the world views America's culture and collective intelligence level. That does matter.

    July 24, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. Abby

    We will not vote against our best interests. Not this time. Not this year!

    Obama for ALL Americans!!! 08

    July 24, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  17. Concerned in Alabama

    A nightingale Sings in Berkley Square:

    Did you take your pill today!

    July 24, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. karen-phoenix

    The world is getting a much needed better image of America!!! Americans can feel better about this country again after 8 years of war and shame!!! McCain is tooo old and he scares me and I'm 64. Obama will be goooood for ALL AMERICANS!!!!

    July 24, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. ET from OMAHA

    McSame need to blame LOU DOBBS. McSame was trying to fool Latinos again with so called Immigration reforms which him and Bush Failed to deliver and will never deliver anyway. To win GOP nomination he only talks about border security first and will never vote for his own immigration reform bill. In front of latinos, oh I will do immigration reforms.
    People are smarter than you think. Enough with false promisses to win latino votes. OBAMA is the real change.

    July 24, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. Daniel Bay Area Latino

    Of course we support Obama, The Republican Party is the Anti-Minority Party.

    Obama 08 & 12

    July 24, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. Billy

    The bottom line is that Obama is more likely to improve the issues that Latinos identify with (which incidentally are pretty much the same issues that all Americans identify with).

    July 24, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. bill for barack

    Which leaves McShame with what ?
    Vicious redneck racists like himself ?

    July 24, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. tedious898

    A nighting "cow pooh trails" Sings in Berkley Square.....says:

    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."
    That would be the majority of americans from what the polls are saying. Looks like the "singing in Berkley Square" is coming from the scarecrow – If you only had a brain! LOL

    Sorry couldn't resist

    July 24, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. Obama Supporter from FL

    Sweet!! I think the ad buys have helped Obama because people are finally starting to become more familiar with him, and frankly there is a great contrast between Obama and McCain.

    July 24, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. Carl29

    I as a proud latina have been saying it all along: Latinos were voting for Hillary because of Bill. That didn't mean that they would go for the Rep. McCain!!! Guys, better learn about hispanics!!

    July 24, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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