Latino voters in the United States prefer President Barack Obama by a six-to-one margin over any of the Republican presidential hopefuls, even though the Democrat in the White House has not fulfilled his campaign promise to implement immigration reform, a new poll shows.
The national survey by Fox News among possible Latino voters shows that none of the four men seeking the GOP nomination garners more than 14 percent of the support of Hispanics when matched with Obama.
That figure represents a decline of 17 points from the 31 percent of the Hispanic vote that Republican then-presidential candidate John McCain managed to secure in the 2008 election.
The president is outdistancing Mitt Romney by 70 percent to 14 percent in terms of Hispanic support, and he is leading Newt Gingrich by 72 percent to 14 percent, according to the poll.
Seventy-three percent of those surveyed approve of Obama’s performance in office, while 66 percent support his handling of the debate on health care reform and 58 percent back his handling of the economy.
According to the survey, jobs and the economy, education, health care and immigration - in that order - are among the main concerns of Latino voters.
Although GOP opposition to immigration reform explains in part the lack of support among Latino voters for the Republican Party, the survey also reflects their discontent with Obama in that area.
More than 40 percent of those surveyed disapprove of the president’s handling of the immigration issue and the percentage rises to 56 percent among people from 35-44 years of age.
The poll also suggests that the Republicans still have time to gain ground among Latino voters if they choose a Latino as the running mate for the presidential nominee, whoever that ultimately proves to be.
Almost a third of those surveyed said that they would consider voting for the Republican candidate if there is a Latino in the vice presidential slot on the ticket.
The telephone survey was conducted among 1,200 possible Latino voters and has an error margin of 2.7 percent.