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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

According to the latest impreMedia-Latino Decisions tracking poll, President Barack Obama has extended his massive lead over Mitt Romney among Latino voters.

The poll shows Obama leading Romney 73 percent to 21 percent among Latinos nationally, up from his 69 to 24 percent advantage last week. In battleground states, Obama’s lead is 61 percent to 33 percent.

Romney’s favorability numbers are even worse; just 10 percent of Latino voters have a “very favorable” opinion of Romney, compared to 55 percent for Obama.

One major red flag for the Republican is the fact that 72 percent of Latino voters nationwide trust Obama to make the right decisions and improve our economic conditions, compared to just 20 percent who trust Romney. Just one month ago, Obama’s lead on the economy was only 59 percent to 30 percent; this suggests that Romney’s now-notorious “47 percent” video has had a major impact on the race.

As Matt Barreto of Latino Decisions said in a statement, “While Republicans had hoped the weak economy would provide an opening to win over Latinos, almost three-fourths of Latinos say they have more confidence in Obama to fix the economy. Romney’s infamous comments about the ’47 percent’ are clearly hurting him among Latinos. He appears out of touch with the average working class family.”

Romney’s dismissive rhetoric on the “47 percent” has been well documented, but he also made several other comments at the secretly-recorded Boca Raton fundraiser that are indicative of the attitude that has made him startlingly unpopular among Latino voters. At one point during the fundraiser, Romney said “Gosh, I’d love to bring in more legal immigrants that have skill…I’d like to staple a green card to every Ph.D. in the world and say, ‘Come to America, we want you here.'”

“Instead, we make it hard for people who get educated here or elsewhere to make this their home,” he continued. “Unless, of course, you have no skill or experience, in which case you’re welcome to cross the border and stay here for the rest of your life.”

The comment seems even more derisive in light of Romney’s joke at the fundraiser that it would be helpful to his campaign if he were Latino.

Even Romney knows that he must find a way to fix his image in the Latino community, however. As he told the crowd at Boca Raton, “If the Hispanic voting bloc becomes as committed to the Democrats as the African-American voting bloc has in the past, why, we’re in trouble as a party and, I think, as a nation.”

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  • bcarreiro

    Captain Oblivious, practice makes perfect when it comes to education ……….mitt might want to take a refresher course in landscaping. People from all walks of life work hard for what they have…you couldnt learn that even if u tried.

  • Meanwhile, your veep pick doesn’t have time to explain the damn math.

    Mitt, Bill Clinton took 90 minutes in the damn Democractic convention to do just that. It’s the major strike that started this.

    We, the people that are not rich, are not necessarily stupid! We can get the math! We do pay taxes as we go! We then use the services those taxes pay for! Those taxes are FOR Social Security, Medicare, and the other funds you want to damned well steal from us!

    Mitt, you are NOT the Illuminati and the rest of us are *not* feudal peasants.
    Get over yourself and Explain. The. Math., you parasitic Gatsby wannabe!

  • President Obama will have no problem getting the overwhelming majority of the Hispanic vote. The only exception will be Cuban-Americans. The same goes for African Americans, women, students, and most of the middle class. Seniors remain split and, obviously, the evangelicals and most of the top 10% of earners will vote for Romney.

    • sabahdabby

      Both my wife and I are strong supporters of President Obama as are many of our friends.(We are in the top 1.5%.) So, I would not be surprised if half of high income individuals supported Obama.

      Like most people, we would like to pay less taxes. But not if it means single mothers who are on Medicare are going to have their benefits cut. Or if it means a reduction in benefits for those who are unemployed or the elderly — or reduced lunch program for poor students.

      We have a conscience.

    • barbarahugh

      I do not know about that I am Cuban and I am a Democrat!!! So are my family and many families not all of us are Repulicans !! And we are voting for President Barack Obama and so are many many Cubans !!!

    • S-3

      I hope so… I don’t a white scumbag representing me (And I know not all white people, or anybody,should be as evil as these Repugnicants in power now!!!).

  • barbarahugh

    Please can SOMEONE TELL Romney we Hispanics and Latinos are NOT all with tanned skin!!! We have white folks with red , blond hair too and as white or whiter then he is !!! That is an insult !! How he and as many white americans think that we are all mixed or are tanned skinned . I am white green eyes dirty blond hair and I am cuban !!

    • DarthYoda

      Yes, some Cubans and many Argentinians and Uruguayans have light skin. Just like white anglos, Latinos come in many genetic variations.

    • grammyjill

      Oh, you mean like Elizabeth Warren couldn’t possibly be 1/2 native american cause she has blond hair and blue eyes? I told Scott Brown he was a racist. Could be Romney is too.

  • Rupa3

    Mitt Romney love to talk about ObamaCare, Yes we he CARE’S for the the little people. I am one of the 47% and I worked for all that I have.

  • turnipgreens

    Let’s see…72% Latino, 85% Black, and 47% of the rest of us…does Romney even have a chance in any state? Look for the electorial vote to be over 400 for Obama and he needs 270 to win!

  • DarthYoda

    Mitt Romney is a pendejo rico. Latinos will be part of the majority of voters who say adios to the coldhearted plutocrat.

    • Thanks for the “pendajo Rico” comment Dárth. I haven´t heard that since I served in the Army over 43years ago – as “spec 4″ udner a great fun loving Peurto-Rican – Jose Verdajo- (you can call me an asshole or anything you want -speciolaist, but never confuse my last name with Pendajo.” Funny guy. He was one of the great people in the Army who converted me from being a Republican brat to a voting Democrat. Romney sort of killed his chances with the latino voters with the “real Romney” comments recorded at Boca Raton in Florida, a state he has to take, but no longer stands a snowballs chance in hell of taking anymore than Ohio, Virgian. Wish Obama well in the debates tonight. And don´t forget to get out friends and everybody to properly register to vote in time, and vote. Every vote counts- also for the House and Senate. A lot of us ex- pats in Europe reigstered and voted via absentee already. Hope the debate run well for Obama tonight.