President Barack Obama extends his lead among registered Latino voters over his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.
A poll released Wednesday by Latino Decisions shows 70 percent of the 504 Latino registered voters who were surveyed said they would vote for Obama, while 22 percent said they preferred Mitt Romney.
Just last month, another Latino Decisions poll had Obama leading Romney 67 to 27 percent in the key battleground states of Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Virginia.
Another poll released July 11 by Quinnipiac University found that 59 percent of the nearly 3,000 Latino registered voters surveyed favored Obama while 30 percent said they supported Romney.
The new Latino Decisions poll, which was commissioned by the Center for American Progress Action Fund and America’s Voice, also noted that 13 percent of the self-identified Latino Republicans said they will cross party lines and vote for Obama.
Meanwhile, only 2 percent of Democrats said they plan to vote for Romney and 60 percent of Independents said they plan to vote for Obama.
The poll’s findings come after recent efforts by Obama to gain support among Latinos. Those efforts include an appearance at the National Association for Elected and Appointed Officials conference in June, comments he made opposing Arizona’s immigration law, and his June 15 announcement to defer the deportation of 800,000 undocumented youth and allow them to apply for work permits.
Romney’s campaign advisor, Hector Barreto, told VOXXI last week that Romney is reaching out to Latinos “in a very significant way.”
As examples of this, he pointed to Romney’s speech at The Latino Coalition summit in Washington, D.C. in May and at the NALEO conference in June.
“He’s going to continue doing these kinds of events throughout his campaign,” Barreto said.
“Hispanic voters are very important and especially in key states around the country. We are going to work really hard and not take any votes for granted.”
Latino Decisions stated, “The lingering question now, is not whether Obama will win the Latino vote—he is poised to win it big—but rather whether Latino voter turnout matches or exceeds the record levels in 2008, or if Latino enthusiasm will be low and turnout mediocre at best.
“Even with a big margin among Latinos, if turnout is low, Obama could fare poorly in many battleground states where Latinos are a large portion of the electorate.