WASHINGTON — More than two-thirds of Hispanics prefer President Barack Obama to any of his Republicans rivals, despite wide disapproval of his policies on illegal immigrants, a new poll showed Wednesday.
If Obama were to face former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in November 2012, 68 percent of Hispanics polled would cast ballots for the Democratic incumbent, according to the survey carried out by the Pew Hispanic Center.
Romney would earn just 23 percent of the vote in a head-to-head contest with Obama, the poll showed. If Obama were to face Texas Governor Rick Perry, another Republican hopeful, the split would be 69-23.
Such a vote count for Obama would signal a repeat of the record number of Hispanic votes he won in 2008, when he garnered 67 percent of the key voting bloc — good news for his re-election campaign.
The Pew poll did not include figures about a potential battle between Obama and former House speaker Newt Gingrich, Romney’s main rival for the nomination.
Obama’s job approval rating among Hispanic voters stood at 49 percent, down from 58 percent at the end of 2010, according to Pew Center data — higher than his overall job approval rating of 46 percent.
The Pew Center poll was conducted in November and December among 1,220 Hispanics, 557 of whom said they were registered voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.2 percentage points.
Obama’s strong lead among Latino voters comes despite the fact that 59 percent of those polled said they disapproved of the Obama administration’s policies on the deportation of illegal immigrants.
The Pew Center, citing US government data, said an average of nearly 400,000 people have been deported each year since Obama took office.
The top issues for Latino voters are jobs, education and health care, the poll showed.
Among the more than 50 million Hispanics in the United States, about 21 million of them are eligible to vote in the November 2012 election.
Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.
As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.
Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:
1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."
Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR
British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate
Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.
The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.
In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.
Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6
President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.
Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.
Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019