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Latino Daily News

Monday October 18, 2010

ELECTION:  Catholic Hispanics Remain Strongly Democratic

A new survey finds that Catholic Hispanics strongly support Democrats for Congress in the November election, while Protestant Hispanics are closely divided.

The Pew Hispanic Center reports that 65 percent of Latino registered voters said they will support the Democratic congressional candidate, compared to 47 percent of registered voters overall. Twenty-two percent expressed support for the Republican candidate, compared to 44 percent of overall voters.

According to the Pew Hispanic Center, about 64 percent of Hispanic registered voters are Catholic, while 22 percent are Protestant.

Only 32 percent of registered Latino voters said they had given the upcoming election “quite a lot of thought,” compared to half of all registered voters. Of Hispanic Republicans, 44 percent said they had paid significant attention to the upcoming election, while 28 percent of Hispanic Democrats said the same.

Hispanic voters also tended to have a more favorable view of President Barack Obama. About 63 percent approved of his performance, compared to 47 percent of the general population. However, 51 percent said his policies have had no effect on Latinos while 26 percent expressed the view that they have been helpful.