Poll: Obama maintains lead among Latino voters
POSTED: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 2:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 4:08pm
CNN — President Barack Obama remains overwhelmingly favored among Hispanics compared to Mitt Romney, according to a new poll.
Obama's advantage over the presumptive GOP nominee among the politically imperative demographic remains steady from previous months with the president taking 67% to Romney's 23% of registered Latino voters, according to a NBC-Wall Street Journal-Telemundo poll released Wednesday. Obama holds a six point advantage among all voters nationally.
Obama was heavily favored among Hispanics last month as well. A NBC-WSJ poll released in June showed Obama ahead of Romney by 66% to 26% within the group.
The June numbers follow the president's executive order halting the deportation of illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children. And with a month for Obama's new policy to set in Obama has a huge 44 point advantage over Romney, up four points since June. Obama's order was popular nationwide but especially among Latinos who were significantly in favor of the new policy by almost nine-in-ten, according to the NBC-WSJ poll last month.
Hispanics are also in the president's column on the economy.
Obama holds a 59% approval rating among Hispanics in his handling of the economy compared to a 44% approval rating nationwide. Hispanic respondents also believe Obama would be better at handling the economy than Romney, opposite from a national view that Romney would be better by a 6 point margin.
Latino interest in the 2012 election, however, appears to be lacking. Latinos are about 10 points below the average national interest level with only 68 percent of Latinos placing themselves in the 'high-interest' category regarding the upcoming election. The number is also down from the group's interest level in 2008.
In an effort to appeal to the fast-growing demographic, candidates will target the group heavily in swing states with large Latino populations like Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico.
The poll was conducted by Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart and Republican pollster Bill McInturff from July 18-22 of 1,000 registered voters and an oversample of 300 Hispanic/Latino registered voters. It has a sampling error of plus or minus 5.7 percentage points.