CNN Poll: Obama at 70% among Latino voters
October 2nd, 2012
04:00 PM ET
10 years ago

CNN Poll: Obama at 70% among Latino voters

(CNN) – The latest national survey of likely Latino voters shows President Barack Obama retaining a big lead over rival Mitt Romney in the key voting demographic, matching the level of support he received from Latinos in 2008.

The poll also showed a majority of Latinos said the economy was a more important issue than immigration, and indicated enthusiasm among Latinos is lower than it is among non-Latino whites.

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Obama enjoys the backing of 70% of likely Latino voters, according to the CNN/ORC International survey, slightly higher than the 67% of Latinos who voted for him in 2008. Republican nominee John McCain garnered 31% of the 2008 Latino vote. In 2004, 53% of Latinos went for the Democratic nominee John Kerry over the 44% who went for President George W. Bush, according to national exit polls.

In Tuesday's poll, Romney wins support from 26% of Latino voters questioned.

Obama's approval rating has improved markedly among Latinos since 2010, the poll indicated. He stood at 57% approval two years ago, and was at 68% in Tuesday's poll. Twenty-eight percent of Latinos disapproved of the job Obama is doing as president, compared to 41% who disapproved in 2010.

When asked to rate their enthusiasm for voting on Election Day, 24% of Latinos said they were extremely enthusiastic, compared to 25% who said very enthusiastic, 24% who said somewhat enthusiastic, and 14% who said they were not enthusiastic.

Those numbers are lower than the enthusiasm figures for non-white Latinos, as measured in a CNN/ORC poll taken at the end of September. In that survey, 41% of non-Latino whites said they were extremely enthusiastic about voting in November.

A Pew Hispanic Center report released Monday predicted getting eligible Latino voters to the polls in November would provide the campaigns with a challenge. The report indicated a record 23.7 million Latinos are eligible to vote November 6, but that the turnout rate for the group in 2008 – 50% - was lower than that of black voters (65%) and white voters (66%).

In Tuesday's CNN/ORC survey, 44% of Latino adults rated the economy as their top issue, while immigration policy came in a distant second at 14%. Asked to choose between the economy and immigration, nearly three quarters of Latinos – 74% - said the economy was more important. Twenty-three percent said immigration.

Broken down by topic, 50% of Latinos said unemployment was the top economic issue facing the country. Nineteen percent named the federal deficit, and 15% said gas prices.

Large majorities of Latinos named Obama as the candidate who would better handle the issues they rate as most important – 68% said the president would better handle the economy generally, and 69% said Obama would better handle unemployment.

On immigration policy, Obama's lead was even greater: 74% said the president would better handle the hot button issue, compared to 20% who named Romney.

The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International with telephone interviews of 601 adult Latinos, in English and Spanish, between September 25 and October 1. The sampling error was plus or minus 5.5 percentage points for likely voters, and 4 percentage points for all Latino adults.

CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • CNN/ORC International poll • Latinos • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (309 Responses)
  1. Alfredo Hernandez

    Well I'm in that 30%!!! FORWARD!!!

    October 2, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. truth hurts

    And with no voter ID laws, thousands, maybe more, of illegal aliens will be going to the polls to vote thanks to the Democrats. It is how elections get stolen and your legal vote gets torn up and thrown away.

    October 2, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Si se puede

    Go Obama 2012

    October 2, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Want to really make a Teatroll flip out? Say this to them: "For English, Press Two." Four simple words that explain the last 4 years of GOP/Teatroll temper tantrums.

    October 2, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    God bless you Latinos, we love you.

    October 2, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Ray

    Of course latinos percentage for Obama are in this way after Republican candidate don't approves dream-act;immigration reforms,and other issues related...he proposed 'auto-deportation' and more strongs law enforcement against he maintenance. 25% of their votes/???

    October 2, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. Phil

    Note this comment is not meant to be in any way prejiduce or racist. But I live in AZ, I have worked w/ non profits in aiding low income and homeless familes. I've seen first hand how the economy has been hit. A majority of Latino's support Obama cause there is a VERY LARGE number of Latino's that are dependent on Government Support and hand outs. And the Dem's Love this because they know their Gov't dependent system thrives and flourishes in the polls with Latino's!

    October 2, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Alex in Wisconsin

    And this is why Republicans are trying to suppress the vote.

    October 2, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. bear79

    just look at all that fraud going on in the above picture! We need voter ID laws! NOW

    October 2, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. bryes

    I guess CNN wants us to think the election is over.

    October 2, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. the_dude

    Well yeah seeing as latinos will vote for whoever is more likely to give them free stuff and not prosecute their illegal relatives this makes perfect sense.

    October 2, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. Dustie

    I think that Latino voters are too smart to vote for Obama.

    October 2, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. 47%

    "Obama enjoys the backing of 70% of likely Latino voters" is that part of the 47%

    October 2, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. rep

    In other news, FOX News reports that all polls except their are inaccurate. And that 70% of Latino voters currently favor Mitt Romney....

    October 2, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. Jocho Johnson

    lol Mittens the only support you have are the super rich and racists.

    October 2, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. Immunologist

    President Obama understands Latinos better than Romney. As a scientist, I believe he understand the importance of science and research for the future of our country better than Romney. As a Latino, I have no reservations in voting for Obama 2012.

    October 2, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. CNN War Mongers

    No thanks.

    I'll be writing in Ron Paul.

    October 2, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. Don

    Did anyone expect anything different after the halting of deportations and non-enforcement of immagration laws?

    October 2, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. Surfer George

    CNN Poll: Obama at 70% among Latino voters
    Muy Bueno!

    October 2, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. dubrats

    and this is news??...lmao.....

    October 2, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. Hiruu

    Damn...that's not a good look for Romney, especially since Latinos have probably added more voters to the rolls then anyone else. basically, at the rate the GOP is going, they will have to win 70% of the white vote in future elections...not a sustaining strategy.

    October 2, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. Vysakh

    328 likely voters to predict a poll ? Well done CNN !!!!...

    October 2, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. Jerry

    Fellow Latinos PLEASE grow up. Ask yourselves what has Obamalooney REALY done for us?!

    ¬°Absolutamente NADA!

    October 2, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    How on Earth can Mittens get as much as 26% of the Latino vote?

    October 2, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. big b

    Like this is news. Expected since Bozo The Boy lets the illegals live here.

    October 2, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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