Romney and Obama fight for the Latino vote
President Obama and Vice President Biden hold a 30 point lead over challenger Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan among likely Latino voters. That's according to a just-released Fox News poll.
Obama's 60 percent Latino support is less than the 67 percent he received in 2008, but the new poll suggests undecided Latinos will break his way.
"Latino voters are much more likely to approve of the job President Obama is doing. In fact, the president gets a 67 percent approval ratings among Latinos. Compare that to the last Fox News national poll which pegged Obama's job approval at 50% among all voters." Stirewalt says.
According to that same Fox News poll, the economy and jobs are by far the most important issue for Latino likely voters in this year’s presidential election.
That's been an emphasis of the Romney campaign, but his recent candid comments regarding Latinos and his image with the community, may hurt his chances of gaining any ground.
But Romney remains optimistic. "Well I understand that for a long time Latino voters have aligned with the Democratic party and that's not surprising. But I think right now people recognize the president's policies have not created the jobs that hispanic Americans and other Americans expect."
In the past five presidential elections, Democrats' share of the Latino vote has ranged from a high of 72 percent -- when Bill Clinton was re-elected in 1996 -- to a low of 53 percent when George W. Bush won his second term in 2004.