President Barack Obama has the support of 69 percent of Latino voters in the swing state of Colorado, thought Republican rival Mitt Romney has gained on him in recent days among voters in general.
The Democratic candidate is favored by 52 percent of the Latinos who say they intend to vote, whereas Romney received just 17 percent, according to a survey conducted by Latino Decisions for the organization America's Voice.
However, among the general electorate in the state, Romney enjoys a narrow lead of 47.7 percent to 47.2 percent, according to the Web site of Real Clear Politics on Wednesday, an organization that averages the results of a range of surveys.
The survey, carried out on Sept. 29-Oct. 4 among 400 registered Latino voters, has an error margin of plus/minus 4.9 percent.
In addition to having massive support among Latinos, the survey found, the Democrats also will most probably receive the votes of the growing population of young adults who came to Denver over the past decade.
Currently, 13.4 percent of the eligible voters in Colorado are Hispanic.
On one hand, it is a matter of concern for Democrats that many of those Latinos may not go to the polls, but - on the other hand - the authors of the study emphasized that the level of voter enthusiasm in the state is above the national average.
Sixty-nine percent of those surveyed said that they were very interested in the election, whereas just 55 percent of Latino voters on the national level feel that way.
The survey also put the economy as the issue that is of greatest concern to Hispanics who are eligible to vote with 45 percent considering that to be a crucial matter.
Since Obama moved into the White House, unemployment has grown in Colorado from 7.2 percent to 8.2 percent and more Coloradans believe that their own economic situation worsened over the past year - 36 percent - than those who think they are doing better, 23 percent, according to a recent study conducted by the University of Denver.
Another basic issue influencing the vote of 44 percent of the Hispanics surveyed in Colorado is immigration.
"Immigration persists as an essential issue," emphasized Robert Preuhs, a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
More than half of those surveyed, 54 percent, said that their confidence in Obama had improved since his administration implemented on Aug. 15 a temporary postponement of deportation for young undocumented immigrants, a measure known as Deferred Action, which will allow them to delay by two years their possible deportation and obtain a temporary work permit.
On the other hand, 64 percent say that they moved away from Romney because of his defense some months ago of voluntary deportation by undocumented immigrants and his support early this year for state anti-immigration laws.
Colorado has voted Democratic in only two presidential elections over the last four decades, backing Bill Clinton in 1992 and Obama four years ago. EFE