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. Kiah

    And that's shocking why? It's sad the media actually bought the idea that the HRC camp was alluding to in that at the end of the day Latino would support McCain over Obama. Or that b/c they supported her they'd be less inclined to switch to Obama. Another myth her campaign successfully sold to CNN and other MSM outlets.

    July 24, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. Marc in Virginia

    Any other time in AMERICA, John McCain would be crushing this upstart from Chicago. However, all the racist minorities will likely cost him this election by voting for this empty suit who they support only because of his skin color.

    July 24, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. YES WE CAN!

    I am a 20 year old Latino-- and all for Obama.

    Obama will be president

    July 24, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. OTP

    Are you sure it's a reversal? Could it be that CNN and the other TV clowns were trying to push ratings or just flat out wrong to begin with?

    July 24, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. Veronica from nj

    "Never Barak Obama" i have news for you ..im a latina and I AM supporting Obama!! and so is my mother...my father...my sister...my cousins..etc etc etc

    obama 08

    July 24, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. Enlightened voter

    This is news? The minority bloc is always voting for the party they think will give them the most for free. It is how a Republic begins its downfall. A taxpayer voting for Barry is the same as chicken voting Col. Sanders.....

    July 24, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. Hispanic Female-34

    I will be voting for John McCain, as will the rest of my family. We do not trust Barack Obama.

    July 24, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. Linda. Boston, MA

    Orale vato! Obama 08'

    July 24, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. Willow, from Iowa

    And Texas, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico have an almost majority of Hispanic voters. I once lived in Pueblo, Colorado, with a 68% Hispanic population. This will be a landslide.

    July 24, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. Rachel

    oh joy.

    July 24, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. Phil, FL

    Concerned – Nightingale can't find his pill. Cindy was visiting this morning and ...........

    July 24, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. Olivia

    Please! Where are people getting this information. I don't know one single hispanic who is voting for Obama. NOT ONE!

    July 24, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. Slash

    This is only the beginning. This election is going to be a landslide. The entire freakin' world loves him.

    July 24, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. Vanessa, SD

    It's easy to lie about wars because every good soldier has to back his Commander in Chief. Bush knows the military has to fall in line and he knows it's hard for Americans to fight against wars and their country. Over 4,000 lives have been lost because Bush was so stubborn and wanted to prove a point. It is sad to me that a lot of those soldiers were Latinos and others who didn't even have citizenship. I think anyone who goes to war for us should automatically become a US citizen unless he's committed a felony.

    We found out the hard way that the world has turned a dangerous corner, and we have to come up to speed. We can't, as Americans follow the example of countries that resolve their problems with torture, etc. We can, however, show the rest of the world how America resolves problems by following our Constitution, which has worked for us for over 200 years.

    Whoever is elected our next president will have to be smarter, not tougher in order to lead us through this new world. We're Americans, it won't be easy but we can do it.

    July 24, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Anyone notice how conspicuously absent "Hispanic voter for McCain" is in this blog? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

    July 24, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. A nightingale

    nightingale Sings in Berkley Square:

    Hey, take the pills the doctor told you to take. Are you even from this county? You took that name from a British song from the 40's. Looks like someone may have overstayed their Visa.

    "was such a romantic affair.
    And, as we kissed and said 'goodnight',
    A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square"

    July 24, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. J.C.

    This will teach McCain or other politicians a lesson not to take an issue too seriously.

    July 24, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  18. Connie

    CNN keep the polls open, you are going to see the signs of a landslide soon. America people are going to wake up and do the right thing . And vote for no more Bush administration.After the convention and debates watch those numbers go. Please put David Gergen on more also, I love his views and I am recommending him for Obama's press secretary.OBAMA 08

    Connie from Indiana

    July 24, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |


    MCCAIN 08
    HILLARY 12

    July 24, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. Shari, NY

    What's the McCain camp to do now? Come on Repblicans hit us with your best shot!

    Let’s face it the world is war-weary, disenchanted with the current U.S. administration and are petrified just thinking that this legacy could continue. People look to Sen. Obama as a possible breath of fresh air, and to those who think that the rest of the world does not matter, I pity you.

    Small matter: before you take a bite of your next banana – think of where it comes from. Homegrown banana plantation? Methinks not! Your Latin American neighbors (for sure). Big matter: Oil – can the U.S. produce enough of this liquid gold to satisfy its other ravenous appetite? Ha, ha!

    July 24, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  21. DJ, CA

    A lot of latinos felt good after Bush won in 2004. They are not feeling good today, especially when they go to the gas pump. Vote your best interest, not good feelings. Vote smart, vote Barack.

    July 24, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. Tom in California

    McCain is going down in flames in November. I hope he takes lots of other Republicans down with him.

    July 24, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  23. Maria

    We will not be fooled by McCain ....we want change we deserve change !!

    Obama for President

    July 24, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  24. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    Why am I not surprised?

    "It's Time". WELL SAID!

    Hey, Nightingturkey. What planet are you on?

    July 24, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  25. Debby

    Yeah how many did they poll 20. LOL The Latino's I know are voting for McCain so they didn't poll very many.

    July 24, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
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