Miami – August 22, 2012 – According to the latest national NBC News/WSJ/Telemundo poll, 63 percent of Latinos registered to vote would do so for President Obama, while 28 percent would cast their ballots for Mitt Romney. The challenge for Obama, however, will be turning out these voters with only a combined 61 percent of respondents saying they are highly interested in the upcoming election, compared with 81 percent of all American voters who expressed high interest in the process. Furthermore, one out of 10 Latinos said “not to be interested at all” in presidential elections, showing the highest level of apathy of the year, only comparable with the numbers registered in 2008.
The announcement of Paul Ryan as a Vice Presidential Candidate by the Republican Party has not impacted Latino vote intention. A majority (54 percent) of Latinos said the pick of the Wisconsin congressman will not affect their vote; 28 percent said it makes them less likely to vote for Romney, and just 15 percent said it makes them more likely to do so.
The NBC News/WSJ/Telemundo poll surveys Latinos who are registered to vote in the United States and measures an ample range of opinions, including voter intention, governmental popularity, and perceptions in relation to campaign-specific themes. This poll is a result of the association between NBC News and Telemundo in order to offer an unprecedented number of hours of political coverage in Spanish and in English under the campaign “Decisión 2012”.