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Hispanics Prefer Obama but Less Likely to Vote

Oct. 11, 2012

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Hispanic registered voters prefer President Obama over Mitt Romney by 3-to-1, but are less certain than non-Hispanics about whether they will vote in the November election, according to a Pew Hispanic Center report.

The nationwide survey of 1,765 Hispanics puts preference for the president over Romney at 69 percent to 21 percent among Hispanics. In 2008, Obama picked up 67 percent of the Hispanic vote, while Republican John McCain got 31 percent.

Among all registered voters, 89 percent say they are "absolutely certain" they will vote in the election, while only 77 percent of Hispanics express that level of certainty, according to a separate survey by the Pew Research Center.

Hispanics are becoming more aware of their growing political clout, however. More than two thirds of Hispanic adults believe the Hispanic vote will have a profound effect on the election results, according to the Pew Hispanic Center survey.

The report, "A Record 24 Million Latinos Are Eligible to Vote, But Turnout Rate Has Lagged That of Whites, Blacks," shows that the size of the Hispanic voting population has increased by 4 million during the intervening four years, standing at 23.7 million in today. Their share of the electorate has increased as well, from 9.5 percent in 2008 to 11 percent in 2012.

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Nearly all Hispanic registered voters have the identification they will need on election day, including 95 percent of Hispanic registered voters in states that have photo ID laws.

The portion of Hispanics who see the Democratic Party as the party most concerned about them is also up, from 45 percent in 2011 to 61 percent today.

Hispanics expressed growing satisfaction with the direction the country is going and the state of their personal finances, according to the report. The issues of most concern to them are education, jobs and the economy, and health care.

The report is available at the Pew Hispanic Center's website,

The Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, is a nonpartisan, nonadvocacy research organization based in Washington, D.C., and is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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