Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
In the latest weekly Latino Decisions Tracking Poll, President Obama and Democrats have widened their lead among Latino voters:
Fifty-one percent of Latino voters in ten battleground states said they trust Obama and the Democrats more to make the right decisions and improve economic conditions, compared to 27% for Romney and Republicans. When combined with voters in non-battleground states, the numbers jumped to 72% and 20% respectively, a significant increase from 4 weeks ago when overall 59% said they trusted Obama and Democrats more versus 30% for Romney and Republicans to fix the economy.
“Beyond immigration, which continues to be a very important issue, Obama has now opened up a very large lead on trust to rebuild the economy among Latinos,” said Matt Barreto of Latino Decisions. “While Republicans had hoped the weak economy would provide an opening to win over Latinos, almost three-fourths of Latinos say they have more confidence in Obama to fix the economy. Romney’s infamous comments about the ’47 percent’ are clearly hurting him among Latinos. He appears out of touch with the average working class family,” added Barreto.
The ImpreMedia – Latino Decisions tracking poll puts Obama ahead with 73% overall to vote for him and 21% for Romney. In the battleground states Obama gets 61% of the voters versus 33% for Romney, with Florida respondents comprising a significant share of Latinos in battleground states.
Democrats in general also saw increased support, with 64% of respondents overall saying they were doing a good job of reaching out to Hispanics / Latinos, an increase of 5% from last week’s polling. On the same question 15% of respondents said the Republicans were doing a good job. In battleground states 47% felt Democrats were doing a good job vs. 17% for Republicans.
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The battleground results represent the first polling data among Latinos across all battleground states issued in 2012. impreMedia/Latino Decisions tracking poll will release a second wave of battleground results from their October polling data in future weeks.
UPDATE: A new CNN poll finds Obama leading overwhelmingly among likely Latino voters, by 70-26.
UPDATE: A new NBC/WSJ/Telemundo poll finds Obama leading Mitt Romney among likely Latino voters, by 71-21.