Pew poll: Obama leads with Latinos 69 to 21 percent

October 11, 2012

A Pew Hispanic Center poll of 903 registered Latino voters, conducted from Sept. 7 to Oct. 4, has President Obama leading Mitt Romney 69 to 21 percent. Depending on how the remaining 9 percent — who were undecided or refused to respond — break, Obama’s Latino vote could reach the mid-70s — substantially higher than his 67 percent Latino support in the 2008 election.

But Latino turnout at the polls generally lags that of other groups, the report said, and only 77 percent said they were “absolutely certain” to vote this time, compared with 89 percent of all registered voters in a separate Pew Research Center nationwide survey taken at the same time.

Obama leads 72-22 percent among Latino registered voters who say they are “absolutely certain” to vote.

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Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.
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