Published June 22, 2012
President Barack Obama is leading likely Republican opponent Mitt Romney among Hispanic voters in the key electoral states of Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Nevada y Virginia, according to a survey released Friday.
The poll taken by Latino Decisions shows Obama with 53 percent support in Florida among Hispanics against 37 percent for Romney.
In the other states Obama's lead is even greater: 74 percent against 18 percent in Arizona, 70 percent against 22 percent in Colorado, 69 percent against 20 percent in Nevada, and 59 percent against 28 percent in Virginia.
Averaging the results from all five states shows Obama in front of Romney among Hispanics by 63 percent to 27 percent, according to the survey, which was taken between June 12-21 among 2,000 Latino voters and has a margin of error of plus/minus 2.2 percent.
Part of the Democratic incumbent's advantage "appears related" to his recent announcement temporarily suspending the deportations of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants, a measure that will particularly benefit Hispanics, according to Latino Decisions.
The survey also asked Latinos to quantify their level of enthusiasm about the upcoming November elections.
Sixty percent said they were "very enthusiastic" about the vote compared with just 47 percent in November 2011.
Obama was giving a speech Friday in Orlando, Florda, to the annual conference of the influential National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.
Romney spoke at the same forum Thursday, accusing the president of political opportunism in his temporary suspension of deportations and promised a long-term immigration plan. EFE