Poll: Hispanic voters overwhelmingly support Obama

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Obama leads Romney by 34 percent, 61 to 27, according to the poll. Obama defeated Sen. John McCain (R-Ari.) by an even greater margin, 67 to 31, in 2008.

Obama’s job approval rating among Latinos is at 61 percent, well above his Gallup national average of 48, and a majority of Latinos, 54 percent, said they approve of the president’s handling of the economy.

Romney’s favorability rating with Latinos is a dismal 26 percent, compared to 35 percent who view him negatively. Fifty-eight percent of Latinos view Obama positively, compared to only 23 who view him negatively.

During the primaries, Romney took some positions that polls showed to be unpopular with Latino voters. He is on record as opposing the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants born in the United States, and which 90 percent of Latino voters say they support.


Still, the poll suggests Obama may have his work cut out for him in turning the Latino vote out – only 68 percent said they were “highly interested” in the upcoming election, compared to 81 percent overall.

The poll of 300 Latino voters was conducted between May 16 and 21 and has a 5.7 percent margin of error.