Photo: Poll: Obama Favored Over Romney Among Hispanic Voters
Though Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign is aware they will need as much of the Latino vote as they can get, it is surely an uphill battle, as Republicans have historically no been very popular among Hispanics/Latinos.
According to a poll of Hispanic voters, conducted by The Wall Street Journal, NBC News, and Telemundo, President Obama is still favored over Romney.
The poll, which was released Wednesday, reveals 61 percent of Hispanics polled still support President Obama, while only 27 percent support Mitt Romney. In 2008, Obama won 67 percent of the Hispanic vote,and currently has a higher approval rating among Hispanics than he does among all Americans.
In November, at least 12.2 million Hispanics are expected to vote, which shows a 26 percent increase from 2008.
Three states expected to play pivotal roles in this coming election are Colorado, Florida, and New Mexico. In those states, Hispanics are expected to make up 8.7 percent (Colorado), 18.3 percent (Florida), and 35 percent (New Mexico) of the electorate. A separate poll from Quinnipiac University revealed Romney has a slight lead over Obama in Florida.
Acknowledging the importance of the Hispanic/Latino vote, both Romney and President Obama are scheduled to address the NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials) annual conference next week.
With just 6 months until the general election, both the President’s and his top Republican rival’s campaigns are stepping up their game. Both have aired ads in Spanish, though while the President’s ads are targeted specifically at Hispanic/Latinos, Romney’s Spanish-language ads are exactly the same as his ads in English.