Poll: Most Hispanics independent voters
July 2nd, 2012
09:04 AM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Most Hispanics independent voters

(CNN) – A survey released Monday offers fresh perspective on the push for Hispanic voters in the 2012 presidential election, with half saying they're neither Democrats nor Republicans.

The USA Today/Gallup poll indicated 51% of Hispanics identifying as independents, compared to 32% who called themselves Democrats and 11% who said they were Republicans.

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The poll, however, took into account each respondent's partisan leanings. The majority of the self-identified independents – 52% - leaned Democratic, compared to 23% who leaned Republican and 20% who truly had no party leaning.

Among registered Hispanic voters, the level of independents fell. In all, 36% of registered Hispanics said they were independents, and among that group, 60% leaned Democratic. Only 10% of the registered Hispanic voters who identified as independents had no party leanings whatsoever.

Latino voters are considered crucial to winning the 2012 presidential election since they make up an increasing large chunk of the American electorate. They also represent a significant part of the population in several important swing states, including Florida, Nevada and Colorado.

Romney faces a large deficit among Hispanic voters, who overwhelming went for President Barack Obama in 2008. The latest survey, from Gallup, indicated presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney with the backing from 26% of registered Hispanic voters, compared to 67% who back President Barack Obama.

Both candidates have released television spots in Spanish, and both spoke in June at a major conference of Latino elected officials in Orlando.

The dueling speeches came one week after Obama revealed a new immigration directive that would allow some illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States by their parents to avoid deportation.

Monday's USA Today/Gallup poll was taken by telephone between April 16-May 31, with 1,753 Hispanic adults questioned. The overall sampling error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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Filed under: 2012 • Latinos • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Al-NY,NY

    whatever their "registration" is for party, Flip has no chance of getting any more than 30% of the hispanic vote and it will cost him NV, CO, NM at the minimum

    July 2, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Regardless of party affiliation, they still know which party has their best interests in mind, and it ain't the party of "NO!"

    July 2, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. ejktexas

    So most Hispanics are independent votes.....yet you still only present the 2 party options? Lets see some coverage of Gary Johnson, another very qualified candidate for the presidency!

    July 2, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |

    19% is a wide gap. I think most independents side with democrats. I don't think they're interested in "self deporting."

    July 2, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  5. 1twinsfan

    What?!? That's impossible! Illegals can't vote. Those darn election-rigging Hispanics. I've advised the three that I've known since their births to not vote since they must be illegal and you know what they said? "Yeah, Mom, whatever."

    July 2, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. Wake up people

    Most of the hispanics I know are hard working honest and intelligent Americans and I shudder to think of any of them voting rethuglican. They know which candidate cares about them and the needs of other everyday Americans and it's not Robmey. I hope the hispanics come out in droves and send Mitt and the rest of the mormon cult back to Utah in November. President Obama cares about all Americans, not just the rich and white.

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 2, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  7. Reggie19

    These same Hispanics voters who want to make sure that they have a job should know that they have to vote republican because if the democrats get voted back in, then I am sorry they will be out of jobs. The democrats have no jobs to offer to you the voter so you better make sure that you put your "X" in the right box if you want a secure a future. Vote republican and you will see the economy start growing again. Vote Obama out of office in November as well!!!!!!!!.

    July 2, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I am not sure that the party of 'self deport,' racial profiling, anti health care, anti worker, anti social security, anti medicare, anti VA benefits, anti wall street regulations, and anti education, will attract the majority of independents.

    July 2, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. Myviewis

    The largest number of Hispanics are Mexicans then Puerto Ricans, Cubans, (Latin Americans are small in numbers). So this is about the Mexican vote which will vote Democrat therefore Obama gets the Mexican vote. Let's be honest, Mexicans are grateful for the work permits now available to the children ( ages 18 to 30) of Mexican illegals in the US. Puerto Ricans are Americans and Cubans are protected under the JFK rule for Cubans. Dominicans qualify as Haitians and Latin Americans but their numbers are way smaller than Mexicans.

    July 2, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. Myviewis

    Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I am not sure that the party of 'self deport,' racial profiling, anti health care, anti worker, anti social security, anti medicare, anti VA benefits, anti wall street regulations, and anti education, will attract the majority of independents.

    Hey thanks, you just reminded me of the great words of President John F. Kennedy – Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

    July 2, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Myview – Thanks for reminding me of the words of George H. W. Bush and his 'kinder gentler nation' and a 'thousand points of light' for all of us.

    July 2, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. Ray E. (Georgia)

    I am sure Legal Citizens, who are hispanics want the same thing all citizens want. To ba able to make a living and have a job. If Obama is Re-Elected jobs and the economy will most likely stay staganeted. The unemployment has only dropped 1 percent since it went up to an official 9.2 percent. The question is, will people wait another 4 years for the economy to get better. There is an Election in November. For the economy Romney is probably the better choice. Good luck.

    July 2, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. Cynthia L.

    Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorna.....'nuff said.

    July 2, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. chuck weidemann

    What we can all do for our country is vote for a president who recognises the dignity and value of all Americans and not just the privileged few.... regardless of income level ,color,religious views,or lack thereof. This countries strength is it is able to assimilate It's newcomers from all countries into peoples striving for a better life than they could find in there country of origin! Obama is certainly the leader who most represents American values.

    July 2, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |