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Hispanic Voters Favor Obama Over All GOP Candidates for 2012 Elections

A new poll released Wednesday by Univision News’ Latino Decisions shows Hispanic voters prefer President Obama over all GOP presidential candidates.

The poll concludes that Latinos favor Obama over Cain by a margin of 65 percent to 22 percent, and over Romney by a margin of 67 percent to 24 percent. Rick Perry does not better and loses out to Obama by a margin of 68 percent to 21 percent.

Gary Segura, a researcher at Latino Decisions, said in an interview with Matthew Jaffe, who is covering the 2012 election for ABC News and Univision that “there’s a lot of good news for the president in this poll.”

“He polls 9 percentage points ahead of his leading rivals on the other side.”

A previous poll about the impression Hispanics have of GOP candidates was also conducted. It found that GOP presidential candidates have low recognition among Latino voters.

“None of the Republican presidential candidates has been able to captive or attract the attention of Latinos until now,” Latino Decisions that conducted the poll stated in its release.

More than 12 million registered Hispanics are set to vote in 2012 elections, according to projections from the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Education Fund.

However, Republican candidates have challenges of their own, especially in regards to issues such as illegal immigration.

The new survey found that more than half of the respondents said they are less likely to back a candidate who did not favor a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the United States.

Regarding to which party was closer to the Latino position on immigration, 53 percent of Hispanic voters said they identified with Democrats while only 15 percent identified with Republicans.

The poll was based on phone interviews with 1,000 Hispanic registered voters conducted in the 21 states with the largest Hispanic populations in the United States between Oct. 21 and Nov. 1. Another 1,000 registered nationwide were also surveyed during the same time.

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