January 25th, 2012
05:31 PM ET
11 years ago

New poll shows Romney scoring high with Latinos

(CNN) - Newt Gingrich may have risen in the polls but Mitt Romney seems to be holding onto the Latino vote.

A survey released Wednesday by Latino Decisions commissioned by Spanish TV network Univision and ABC News shows the former Massachusetts governor with a 26 point lead over the former Speaker of the House in Florida.

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According to the poll, Republican Latinos in the Sunshine State prefer Romney 49% to Gingrich's 23%. Overall Latinos in the state like Romney better at a rate of 35 to 20%.

According to the state's Division of Elections there are close to 1.5 million registered Latinos in Florida or about 13 percent of total registered voters.

According to the survey, the support for Romney comes from the states two largest Latino groups; in south Florida Cuban Americans favor him 49% to 17%. Puerto Ricans are the second largest block residing mostly in the central part of the state also favor Romney but by a smaller margin of 39% to 21%.

An analysis released by Pew Hispanic of registered Latino voters in Florida reveals that they are more likely to register as Democrats after decades of Republican dominance.

Neither candidate is likely to benefit from Democrat leaning votes since the state only allows voters registered with each party to vote in their respective primary.

The Latino Decisions poll shows President Obama ahead of Romney in Florida on a head to head match-up by 67% to 25% but the president fares better against Gingrich with 70% favoring Obama with only 22% for the former speaker.

Nationwide the survey shows Latinos give Obama a 63% approval rate while support among the rest of the country hovers around 50%

Thirty-nine percent of Latinos think Democrats are doing a good job of reaching out to the community while only 17% say the same of Republicans, 45% say Republicans don't care about Hispanics and 25% say the GOP is hostile towards them.

Immigration is not the top issue for Latinos only 27% mention immigration reform/dream act as a top issue while the economy and the jobs (61%) are the top concern but 54% claim that they are more likely to reject a candidate if he pledges to veto legislation such the dream act.

The survey, which was conducted by Latino Decisions includes a national poll of Latino registered voters across all 50 states. The survey was in the field Jan 16-23 with 500 completed interviews and a sampling error of 4.4%. In Florida, 500 Latino registered voters were surveyed with a sampling error of 4.4%.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. V in Chicago

    Until they hear the idiotic stance he took on Cuba today.

    January 25, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Well, considering the fact that he IS a spanish-speaking anchor-baby himself ...............................

    January 25, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. Debbie

    How's Romney standing with Latinos across all 50 states?

    January 25, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    He said “I am Mexican American spread the word out”

    Day by day we are learning Mitt We should thanks to Newt

    January 25, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. Bill

    Who cares?

    January 25, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  6. Sam

    Hmm, interesting that they fail to put Ron Paul into the equation. Because when you look at the poll that JUST CAME OUT, from Insider/Advantage, RON PAUL LEADS ROMNEY 41-23%!!!! This is such pathetic manipulation and purposeful distortion of facts. makes me vomit

    January 25, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  7. Myth Romney is soo Plastic and FAKE he makes Callista Gingrinch looks REAL

    Until they find out that he is gonna veto the DREAM ACT!!!

    January 25, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. Thenisaid

    MItt's grandfather held dual citizenship with Mexico and the US, and MItt's father was a US citizen and Mitt was born a US citizen, so no he is not an anchor baby.
    But OMG! Newt said he was going to do what ever it took to topple the Castro regime! lol that's a pretty good reason why Latinos are not to happy with him! lol,, talk about pandering!

    January 25, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  9. Georgia Girl

    If Romney's dad was born in Mexico, how was he able to run for president in the 60s?

    January 25, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  10. george of the jungle

    most of the latino community realizes that Obama is the only choice. the repo party is not for the middle class minorities or anyone that dosent fit into their crazy idea of christian values. Look at Newt and his bimbo wife . Go figure that one. Obama bidden 2012

    January 25, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    Until Romney produces his birth certificate, he can't run for president.

    January 25, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. Larry in Houston

    Thank You – Thank You – Latinos ! Thank You Hispanics ! THANK YOU. I wish they were that smart in Texas – but unfortunately they are not. We will probably get Perry for his 4th Term – That's right – 4th TERM !! Imagine that !!
    WoW ! Perry and his cronies knows the meaning of the words : "saturate" and "blanket" – – – They Saturate the the T.V. & Radio Waves & Blanket the Newspapers / and All the Billboards – You can't go anywhere or turn a corner without seeing Perry's Pic or Ad – so, guess what happens ? The "non – whites" don't know who else is running for office. (the non-whites are asian / hispanic / latino / chinese / vietnamese / and everybody else that don't know any better.

    Larry in Houston

    January 25, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  13. T'sah From Virginia

    ►According to the poll, Republican Latinos in the Sunshine State prefer Romney 49% to Gingrich's 23%◄
    Then Romney should not have a problem winning Florida..... Next!

    Obama 2012!

    January 25, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  14. Tired of republican lies

    He will never get a vote from this latina...I'll keep what we have now thank you! Obama/Biden 2012!

    January 25, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  15. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    Latino REPUBLICANS maybe and that is a very small minority.

    January 25, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |

    Well, he does eat tacos. Therefore. . .

    January 25, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  17. packerfans

    Vote for Mitt Romney can save America and beat Obama for surely!! Newt impossible lack of buiness and nothing proof himself and just egotics,lairs and frauds and not able beat Obama. Vote Vote for Mitt Romney!!

    January 25, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  18. geggyg

    Thought Repubs wanted english as the national language , and elections to be conducted in english only, so why have they put out spanish language ads , not consistent

    January 25, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    Well.........when you come out and basically say.........don't worry about being deported, no one will come after you......and the only way you will be deported, is if you choose to go back to Mexico on your own.........of course that position is going to get the Latino vote.

    Of course, Rpmney attacked everyone else' position on illegals, all of which were tougher than his own position.

    Romney will do nothing, to speak of, about illegal immigration.......not one thing!

    January 25, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  20. tedt

    That's false most latinos have to work hard for a living they don't make all there money on foreign investments

    January 25, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  21. Luke Brown

    Who did they poll ... his household servants?

    January 25, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |