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NBC/WSJ/Telemundo Poll: Among Latinos, Obama Leads Romney 67% – 23%

by Mahwish Khan on 07/25/2012 at 4:05pm

NBC Telemundo Wall Street Journal pollThis afternoon, NBC, the Wall Street Journal and Telemundo released its latest polling, which includes an oversampling of Latino voters. The President maintains a commanding lead:

President Barack Obama remains broadly popular with Hispanics, a key voting bloc in this fall’s election, according to new data from the NBC-Wall Street Journal-Telemundo poll.

The president leads presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney 67 to 23 percent among Latino registered voters, much wider than the six-point margin the president holds among all registered voters nationally.

Hispanics are the fastest-growing group in the country, fueling their increasing political importance, particularly in several swing states. More than one-in-six Americans identify as Hispanic or Latino, according to theU.S. Census, and they are an important pillar of the president’s hopes of winning a second term.

There is one area of concern for the President within the numbers on this poll — enthusiasm:

But while Obama continues to lead among Latinos by similar margins to what he won in 2008, there are indications that Latinos’ intensity continues to be lacking.

To measure enthusiasm, the pollsters asked respondents to say how interested they are in this November’s contest, on a scale of one to 10. Adding up the 8s, 9s, and 10s gives a good measure of who the most likely voters will be this fall.

By that measure, just 68 percent of Latinos put themselves in this high-interest category – similar to what they reported last month – off from the average of 79 percent of all respondents in the poll.

The finding on the Latino oversample poll can be found here.

Last week, Latino Decisions released a poll commissioned by America’s Voice and Center for American Progress Action Fund, which showed the President had a commanding lead of 70% – 22% over Romney among Latino voters.

And, to gauge the impact of Latino voters on the 2012 election, check out our  online tool, LatinoVoteMap.org, the interactive map that allows users to simulate different electoral outcomes by adjusting Latino turnout levels and candidate choices.

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