President Barack Obama is losing the support of Latino voters in the all-important swing state of Florida, according to a Florida International University/Miami Herald/ El Nuevo Herald poll released on Monday, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Mitt Romney is still trailing Obama among Latino residents in Florida, but the Democrat’s lead has decreased. The election poll shows the president leading Romney by six points among the specific demographic, but 4.7 percent of survey respondents noted they were still undecided. The poll had a margin of error of 3.5 percent.
When asked if President Obama had fulfilled his campaign promises to the Hispanic community, 50.7 percent of political survey participants answered no. A majority of those polled, 54 percent, stated they did not feel they were better off today than they were four years ago. Latinos made up the largest majority population in America, comprising 9 percent of the total population.
Florida International University political science professor, Eduardo Gamarra, had this to say about the recent polling numbers:
“Latinos have more power than ever this election. If there is a strong voter turnout of Latinos in November, they could have a significant influence on the outcome of the election.”
The president’s relatively small lead among Hispanic voters in Florida could mean trouble for the Democratic campaign in the swing state, according to the Miami Herald. Cuban-American excitement about a possible Romney administration is reportedly growing in the Sunshine State. Dominican and Puerto Rican voters tend to trust the incumbent more than voters of Cuban descent.
Barack Obama still maintains a solid lead among Latino voters nationwide. The election survey was conducted with the assistance of Newlink Group, a Miami area consulting firm.