WASHINGTON (AP) _ A new poll suggests Hispanic voters favor
Barack Obama over John McCain by a wide margin.
The national poll, conducted by the nonpartisan Pew Hispanic
Center, finds 66 percent of Hispanic registered voters who were
surveyed support Obama, compared to 23 percent for John McCain. The other 11 percent are undecided.
According to the poll, more than three-quarters of Latinos who
voted for Hillary Rodham Clinton in the primaries now say they are
for Obama. Clinton had carried the Hispanic vote, an important
Democratic constituency, by about a 2-to-1 margin.
Hispanics make up only about 9 percent of eligible voters, but
could play an important role in four potential battleground states:
Florida, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada.
Education, not immigration, was the most important issue cited by Hispanic voters in the Pew survey.