Friday, July 25, 2008
PEW Hispanic Center on the Latino Vote
The Pew Hispanic Center released a poll of Latino voters on their preference in the presidential race. (See Chicago Tribune article.) Obama won hands down -- as he has in other polls. Pew, however, asked questions about whether Latinos would vote for a black -- they will -- whether there is any lingering resentment about Hillary Clinton's failed campaign which Latinos supported strongly -- there isn't -- and who's the most popular politician -- Obama. The survey hints at issue that might affect the election. On the question of race, some question whether any voter will be candid. Also McCain doesn't have to "win" the Latino vote, only cut into the margin of difference as George W. Bush did in 2004. None of those issues will be definitively resolved until after the election.