New poll: Obama maintains large lead among Latinos
May 23rd, 2012
03:46 PM ET
11 years ago

New poll: Obama maintains large lead among Latinos

Washington (CNN) - On the day Mitt Romney reached out to Latino voters at a gathering in the nation's capital, a new poll indicated that he has his work cut out for him.

According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll, 61% of registered Latino voters said they support President Barack Obama for re-election, with 27% backing Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

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The survey showed Obama's approval rating as president stands at 61% among Latino adults, compared to his overall 48% approval rating among all Americans. The president's approval rating on the economy stands at 54% among Latinos, 11 points higher than his overall approval rating on the economy.

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll is the most recent survey to indicate the president has an extremely large lead among Latino voters. And the poll's Wednesday release came as Romney addressed the Latino Coalition at an event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where the former Massachusetts governor proposed dramatically expanding school choice for low-income and disabled children.

Romney did not bring up the topic of illegal immigration at the event. The candidate's hard stance on the issue during the race for the GOP nomination may have hurt him with some Latino voters.

According to the poll, just 26% of Latinos viewed Romney positively, with 35% saying they see him in a negative way. The survey indicated Obama has a 58% favorable rating among Latinos, with 23% viewing him in a negative light.

According to exit polls, then-Sen. Obama of Illinois captured 67% of the Latino vote in the 2008 presidential election in his victory over Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll, which is an oversample from a new NBC/WSJ poll, was conducted between May 16 and May 21. Three hundred adults, who identified themselves as coming from a Latino or Spanish-speaking background, were questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error was plus or minus 5.7 percentage points.

Filed under: 2012 • Latinos • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama
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    Any Latino that votes for these republican clowns deserves to get their families deported for being stupid!!!!

    May 23, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The Latino community has no problem telling you what we think.
    You don't have to waste your precious time reading betweeen the lines with us, and we're not coy about where we stand.
    What we think and the way it stands is that it will be a cold azz day in the lower nether regions of hell before Romney gets our vote. The Cuban vote, he well realizes, will mean diddly when we step up to the booth in November to pull the lever or mark the box for President Obama.

    May 23, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. PaulCat

    The only thing Romney would do for the Latinos in Florida is sell them some ocean front property in Kansas. Why not, they believe everything he says. Just look at the polls there.

    May 23, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    I'm still waiting for Mittens' proof that he's not a unicorn. Until he can provide affirmative proof otherwise, he's an imposter and a usurper.

    May 23, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. claude shepherd

    i am shore glad to hear that

    May 23, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. Lita Latina

    I live in Miami, and will never vote for Romney even if Marco Rubio is his VP choice. I'm a latina from Central America. I will vote for Obama.

    May 23, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    I'm still waiting for Mittens' proof that he's not a unicorn. Until he can provide affirmative proof otherwise, he's an imposter and a usurper.
    I don't think the horn is hiding under that massive head of hair, I think it is retractable and it is hiding in that massive head of his! LOL!!

    May 23, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. tee27

    This 27% backing Romney needs to be kicked in the rear, There is no reason to vote for this Guy he has already said he wants you out of the county and his party Steve King, R-Iowa, compared immigrants to dogs.Steve King Reminds Latino Voters That Republicans Love to Compare Them to Dogs, Cattle, Beans and Corn

    May 23, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    Let's consider this: the Republicans took a sound economy and destroyed it in 8 years. Obama took an economy in shambles and is building a solid economic base for a lasting recovery, while the Repubicans do all they can to stop him. Latino or not, those are the facts. Anything else is political fiction. We like to read, become informed. Besides, dark skin does not scare us. Obama it is!!!

    May 23, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    LATINO VOTERS ARE EDUCATED AND SMART PEOPLE, now let's make sure the "REST" of us stay on the same page with them, we're ONE and we need to stop the false propaganda that divides us. STUDY YOUR ROOTS.

    May 23, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Why not, the Dems reach out to Latinos, the GOP crucifies them...Tough choice!

    May 23, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. JetPro

    Can anyone tell me what qualifications obama had for the White House.....

    May 23, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. jon

    So what this says is Latinos have to vote all together because they lack the intellegence to think for themselves...why is it They let the liberals get away with insulting them?

    May 23, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  14. Whoopa

    Powell is crawling out of the closet, no surprise there..duh!

    May 23, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Besides, dark skin does not scare us. Obama it is!!!
    Bien dicho Maria-Rivera Calvalho.
    Your entire post was on point!

    May 23, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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