President Obama widens lead among Latino voters
Obama enjoys a wide margin of the Latino vote over rival Mitt Romney
According to a new poll, U.S. President Barack Obama has widened his
considerable lead over Mitt Romney among registered Latino voters in
five key swing states, according to a new poll of 2,000 voters. The poll
was conducted by Latino Decisions and the pro-immigration reform
advocacy group America's Voice.
Sixty percent of Latinos said they were 'very enthusiastic' about voting in November, compared to 47 percent in a November 2011 Latino Decisions poll.
Obama leads Romney 63 to 27 percent among Latinos in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Virginia. Analysts have estimated that Romney needs at least 40 percent of the Latino vote overall to win the general election. That estimation could change, depending on voter turnout.
One factor behind the President Obama's significant lead may stem from his announcement last week that he would offer immunity from deportation to as many as 800,000 young illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. Fifty-eight percent of Latino voters surveyed between June 17 and 21st said they feel more enthusiastic about Obama now, compared to nine percent who said they felt less enthusiastic about him.
Sixty percent of Latinos said they were "very enthusiastic" about voting in November, compared to 47 percent in a November 2011 Latino Decisions poll.
While registered Latino voters are all U.S. citizens not directly affected by the president's offer, previous Latino Decisions polling has shown that more than half of all registered Latino voters know someone who is undocumented. The vast majority of the Latino vote favors a path to legislation for illegal immigrants in the country.
Romney spoke for the first time this week about his plans for immigration reform at a conference for the National Association of Latino Elected Officials. Romney says his plan includes increasing visas for legal immigrants, a mandatory employment verification program, and a path to legalization for young illegal immigrants who enlist in the military.
Romney took the president to task for devising an immigration plan as temporary and reversible, saying Democrats were taking Latinos' votes for granted. President Obama will address the same group later today.
The poll has a margin of error of 2.2 percentage points overall and 4.9 percentage points on the state-specific data.
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