Wednesday, 8 October, 2008 0:11 AM
Shows Significant Numbers of Latino Voters Still Persuadable in
of Registered Latinos in Colorado, Florida, New Mexico and Nevada
Suggests High Turnout; the Economy, and Candidate Support for Community
Will Drive Election Outcomes
courtesy of www.naleo.org
Latino Vote Survey in Key Battleground States Report
ANGELES -- A significant percentage
of Latino voters in key battleground states are either undecided
open to persuasion in the presidential contest, according to a survey
released today by The National Association of Latino Elected and
Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund.
of registered Latinos in Colorado, Florida, New Mexico and
Nevada also demonstrates that Latino voters may turn out in unprecedented
numbers and that the economy is their top election priority. Nearly
of respondents said they had trouble making their mortgage or rent
at some point during the past 12 months.
as the war in Iraq, health care and immigration reform are
also at the top of voters' minds. Nearly a third believes there
difference between the Republican and Democratic parties in their
the results, including presidential horserace numbers, visit the
NALEO website here: http://www.naleo.org/downloads/2008NALEO_Latino_Voter_Survey.pdf.
the electoral map takes shape, it's increasingly clear the Latino
vote may be decisive,"
said Arturo Vargas, Executive Director of the NALEO
Educational Fund. "In key battleground states, Latino voters
are ready to
vote in huge numbers, and a significant percentage is still persuadable.
Underestimating the Latino vote could be disastrous for either party,"
telephone survey was conducted by the public opinion firm
Latino Decisions with the support of the AARP. The firm surveyed
Latino registered voters drawn equally from official statewide voter
in the four states and has a margin of error of +/- 4.7% for each
indicates strong support among Latino registered voters in
Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada for Senator Barack Obama. In Florida,
however, the candidates are in a statistical tie, with 38% favoring
John McCain and 35% favoring Senator Obama. The shift seems to reflect
demographic changes in the state's Latino voters that are both generational
and representative of the growing diversity of Latino immigrant
living in Florida.
One in ten
Latino voters in Florida remains undecided. In addition,
almost 15 percent said their support for either candidate is "not
strong," suggesting that a significant share of Latino voters
Sunshine State may still be persuadable. Those findings were largely
mirrored in the other battleground states.
In all four
states, the survey finds there is tremendous enthusiasm
among registered Latinos to cast ballots in the upcoming election.
90% of those surveyed say they intend to vote on Election Day. Given
growing Latino electorate in states like Nevada, where 59,489 Latino
have registered since 2004, high Latino turnout could determine
numbers give a unique glimpse into the views of Latino voters,"
said Nancy LeaMond, Executive Vice President for Social Impact for
"AARP is pleased to work with the NALEO Educational Fund to
voice to Latinos in this pivotal election and help Senators McCain
Obama understand the issues that are important to Latino voters
key states," she concluded.
the NALEO Educational Fund
Educational Fund is the leading organization that empowers
Latinos to participate fully in the American political process,
citizenship to public service. The NALEO Educational Fund is a national
non-profit, non-partisan organization whose constituency includes
6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials nationwide.
National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials