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. Texas Voter

    The Latino vote should be respected. Lations pay attention to the issues and they make very educated voting decisions. I feel the Lation communiy is the strongs in the U.S. and we should look for leadership from them in the future.

    July 24, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. AMN

    See, the Latinos know what's really going on. Blacks and Latinos should unify and conquer! Bring on the bad comments...

    July 24, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. TJ Johnson

    Richard Simmons for democrat VP!!!! All the way!!!!

    July 24, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. Ian

    Maybe because they figured out that McCain voted against his own immigration bill, and essentially voted AGAINST them?

    July 24, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. gary


    July 24, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. Nikki

    Si se puede!

    Obama '08

    July 24, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. A nightingale Stinks Up Berkley Square

    Sorry for the repeated negative posts I have not had my coffee yet, and my healthcare provider was late to change my Depends.

    July 24, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. Don

    Not surprising

    July 24, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. Pirate@theCaribean

    Hello, American Mates!

    I really don't understand why there's too much hatred up there in USA. Dan from Kitchener is right. We are looking from outbounds and we are expecting you to recover the respect you used to have. You have yourselves into a mess, you need to do house-cleaning. You should not afford doing more mistakes, you got more or less than eight years with a (excuse me if I offend anyone) moron of a president. You can't award what has not been deserved. We, the world, are sitting back and watching you. Remember that you are part of the world as well.

    July 24, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. Anthony

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

    Hey 'Never Barak Obama'

    I'm Chicano and I support Obama, you don't speak for me...ever...and not for any other Latino / Chicano. Period.

    July 24, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. obama 08-12

    To nightingale,you are just jealous of obama .

    July 24, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. linda from South Dakota

    go figure,,,,, with mccains attitude,,(which is similair to bus) we really need change which is why im votin for obama,,,, you people really need to do searches especacailly on mccain,,, so he was/is a vet,, doesnt mean hes done anything more than our troops are now,,,,, our roops are still over there and in my opinion mccain needs to retire totally,, and get on memory =meds,,

    July 24, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. Phil-Little Rock

    They just figure 'Hillary, Obama, ANYBODY but a Republican'..........or Felipe Calderon, doesn't that name sound like a drug kingpin from one of those old Miami Vice shows?

    I say, when Obama gets into office, line the illegals up and send them to Iraq!! They love to kill, right? Send 'em all over there and give them full rights to kill all the Iraqi insurgents. Then tell them to keep what's left and start their own Mexico all over again.............

    July 24, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. ben

    Al fin,parece que los latinos y nosotros que estan casados con latinos
    ( mi esposa es mexicana) han visto que hasta la gente de raza tenemos
    algo a ver en las elecions !

    July 24, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. ali

    because they dont want mccain deporting them to gitmo for the 'treatment'.

    July 24, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. Mariah

    As a newly registered INDEPENDENT voter, formerly a Democrat, I am urging all intelligent Americans to voice their protest over both parties' LOSER candidates, and WRITE IN HILLARY CLINTON!!!!!!
    She is the only candidate with enough courage, intelligence, experience and work ethic to accomplish the work that needs to be done on America's problems.

    July 24, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. Nando, Florida

    VIVA OBAMA !!!!!!!

    July 24, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. BR

    Why wouldn't they vote for him? BHO is going to give their illegal relatives free healthcare.

    July 24, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. MBFLA

    Latinos are voting for the intelligent guy just like the majority of all Americans will this time around!

    July 24, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. georgia

    Hillary is still the self serving,narcissistic liar she's always been. She now expects someone else to pay the huge campaign debt she continued to build even when it was clear she'd lost.
    Now someone else is expected to pay her debt just as Bill allowed supporters to pay legal fees when unabashedly comitted the crime. .

    July 24, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  21. Matt: honestly

    Nightingale: Actually, the majority of people voting for Obama are the higher educated. I have seen far more people that support McCain mis-spelling lose. White trash? You are the one drawing similarities between Obama and Osama? That is true ignorance. If you are going to give a spelling lesson, better make sure you can spell.

    July 24, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. EDW

    That means that he has my state of California locked in blue and he will have Texas as well.

    July 24, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. proud army and navy mom

    Latino's are not dumb. they know mcattack is too old and dangerous to be president.

    I am surprised anybody would vote for mcsenile except the nightgale sings person and he sounds psychotic.

    July 24, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. Ron Paul Republican

    Obama is for Amnesty. Obama is for bringing in 400,000 guest workers every year. Obama is a globalist. Why would he not get the majority of Latino support?

    July 24, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. Honest Black Man

    Who is going to pay for Obama's promised illegal alien support programs? Poor latinos? Yeah right.

    Obama gives new meaning to the word "pandering."

    July 24, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
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