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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  1. Hispanic voter

    Latinos – you will regret this move. We can't have two minorities du jour in this country, and guess who's going to win this little contest...

    July 24, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. Len in Washington

    Dear "Nightingale in Berkley Square,"

    Your comments are defeating your own purpose. A purpose that would seem to be nothing more than stirring the pot of a cake that won't bake.

    July 24, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. Henry n New York

    If the polls are correct what they are saying should really bother Americans as a whole. What it depicts is that you have one candidate that has made confusing statements regarding several areas of foreign policy. McCain has confused Shia and Sunni; he has moved Iraq's border next to Pakistan; he argues a tactical right (the surge) judgment against an overall mid-east plan (Iraq is the wrong war, wrong country, wrong enemy) and wrong on our future position regarding Iraq. The Iraq government wants U.S. troop withdrawal, Senator Obama has called for that withdrawal for years, Afghanistan is becoming an increasingly dangerous project and Bin Laden has not been captured or killed. Obama's plans would save our soldiers and bring most of them home, it would go after a leader responsible for the death of thousands. McCain wants to stay in Iraq even against their wishes, he now wants to send the same number of troops to Afghanistan almost a year after Obama first called for more troops there. He voted against the current GI bill and yet the polls say over 40 percent of Americans still would vote for him. Hillary supporters say they are voting for McCain even though he doesn't believe a women has a right to control her own body and he wants to make abortions illegal. If the polls aren't altered, slanted or bias then it appears their is only one obvious reason. Many Americans must be polling on skin color and not the content of the candidates campaigns. Another sad realization of American immaturity, lack of unity and inheritant prejudice just maybe the result of our next election and if that happens – God help us all. This just could be worst than the last 8 if McCain gains the White House.

    July 24, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. Tzigan

    I live in a heavily Hispanic-populated area in Southern California, and I can tell you I have not seen any indication that people here care at all about McCain. There are Obama signs in three windows at my apartment complex alone. If McCain thinks he has any chance with the Hispanic voters, he is very wrong.

    July 24, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. R

    As a 27yr old mixed race latino (white and brown) I'm very proud to vote for Obama, for he is the change and intelligence that needs to lead this world. We've had too much an arrogant Prez who only listens to Cheney, and his oil buddies, and not the interests of the American people. Time is coming, and come election day, it's gonna be a breath of fresh air, to see what our country's potential can become. If Mccain wins (which is very very very slim) say goodbye to your kids Hillary voters, we'll be at war with Iran, and probably most of the middle east by then, and that will last more than 100 yrs.

    July 24, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Generation X

    @Charlotte; go join PUMA (Poor uneducated miserable adults) and stop spamming regarding Hillary Clinton. Get over it or vote McCain.

    July 24, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. HavingFun

    Never Barak Obama –

    Learn to write proper English first, then you can think of Politics.

    July 24, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. Dylan

    Hey PUMAS...

    I thought that Latinos were going to abandon the party because Hillary lost...

    OOPS, their goes your argument.

    July 24, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Dave

    Both these guys are horrible candidates for the illegal immigrant issue.

    July 24, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. NickNas

    THIS IS NOT A REVERSAL. Hillary and Bill were the only ones trying to drive a wedge between the Latinos and Blacks after they lost the Black vote due to their tactics.

    For some reason every post I tried to put here about that fact ALWAYS was deleted. I live I San Diego CA ( HUGE Latino population) and I have ahd NO problems with latinos nor could I find ANY of my Latino friends who knew about these " Tensions" People have been claiming exist. False crisis built by a campaign with no scruples.

    July 24, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. Tony, Miami

    Terry NJ

    I know it will be difficult but just try not to be so vulgar. If you don't respect yourself I can understand but the problem is you so full of it ,
    it's getting to your mouth. What a disgrace.

    July 24, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Turnabout is Fair Play

    STILL no "Hispanic voter for McCain"..where aarrreeee yoooooooooouuuuuuuuu... Come into this blog so we can rub this in your face. 🙂

    July 24, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. Linda31

    Just like Obama said, One America. Latinos, just like everyone else, want a change and what is best them.

    July 24, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. C from Texas

    Course they support Obama, they want that free health care that he promise them and he wants us working people to pay for it. BTW EDW- Obama will never win Texas so stop dreaming.

    July 24, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. TEXAN

    All right !! Go Latinos..go ! He is the best man for President and with all the Latino votes, he will be.

    July 24, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. GB

    Oh duh. Hillary is no longer running, what are they supposed to do? We have no choice to vote for Obama if we want a democrat in office. What a mess.

    July 24, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. Terry, Dallas Texas

    Anyone is free to write in any person on the ballot so if you want to write in Hillary thats totally up to you. But the reality (and i know this hard to accept) is that Hilliary Clinton will not be the Democratic nominee and she cannot win a write in election. Think about it. She would need a MAJORITY of Democrats and Independents to write her in to win states and their electorial votes. It's harder to win a majority when you have 3 names on the ballot than when you have 2. Just ask Gore and Nader. Continue to kid yourself if you want but Hillary will not be President in 2008 and I think many of the PUMA folks know this but can't accept it.

    July 24, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Mariah July 24th, 2008 11:40 am ET

    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.

    GIVE IT A REST! The primaries are OVER and Hillary LOST! FFS! You can write in Hillary's name on the ballot but it will go to Barack if you do so, SO by all means, DO IT AND SHUT UP ALREADY! We're tired of hearing you PUMA retards come in here and posting this crap!! Just go to your queen's website and pay down her debt instead of coming in here spewing this post-primary baloney!

    July 24, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. Shan

    I think that the majority of Hispanics realize that McCain is a farce, his campaign is a farce, and he is a LIAR! He should have never denounced his own immigration bill...

    July 24, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. Latinos Para McCain

    Very Misleading, the poll must have been done in California.
    Arizona, Texas and New Mexico(the other three states with high concentrations of Latino) will definately go for McCain.

    Latinos remember who has our best interest in mind. I do remember McCain publicly addressing and thanking all Hispanics in the military. As for Barack, when he needed votes in California, he stopped at Taco Bell and told the cameras to role. Its called a disconnect.

    Real Values for Latinos vote for McCain.

    July 24, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. Monica, Texas

    Living in Texas a lot of Latino's age 45 and under are supporting Obama

    July 24, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. Remy

    Some here talk about Hillary but it has nothing to do with the presidential election. Hillary herself endorsed Obama. I hope some people are still with the hangover of primaries.

    LATINOS are democrats and they will support Obama!

    July 24, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. DrFill

    This game is over if Obama wins the Latin vote 2 to 1 (Not that anybody thought McCain was going to win anyway).
    Case closed!

    July 24, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  24. McCain Lies!

    Hey puma babes – don't cha hate that you can't blame hillary's campaign debt on Barack or the horrible mismanagement of her campaign? Funny, of all the hateful things you chickies spout that is one you won't touch cause you know that deep down if she ran her campaign so horribly she wouldn't be able to run our country. BTW – Barack's has managed his campaign and finances brilliantly! Get therapy......

    July 24, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. M.S. Indiana

    Did not see this one coming, Latinos can vote for either the angry old hate breeding white male or the minority that shares loving Christian values.

    Puma, pay off Hillarys debt, show us the you guys are really 18 million people and not just talk..

    July 24, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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