Two out of every three registered Latino voters in California are supporting President Barack Obama's reelection, while white voters are divided in their preferences, according to a survey by the Public Policy Institute of California.

PPIC's latest Californians and Their Government survey found that about seven of every 10 Latinos feel that the state's new primary system - in which the two top vote-getting candidates, regardless of their party, advance to the general election - is important.

Regarding Gov. Jerry Brown's initiative to increase the sales tax and state income taxes for the wealthy, almost seven of every 10 Hispanics support that move, compared with just half of non-Latino whites.

In general, according to the report - which makes special mention of the opinions of Latinos considering that they make up a third of the state's population - more than 70 percent of Hispanics prefer higher taxes and more government services, something that only 48 percent of whites support.

The survey was conducted by telephone in English and Spanish between May 14-20 among more than 2,000 registered voters in California and has an error margin of +/- 3.4 percent. EFE