Latino Running Mate Wouldn’t Fix Romney’s Hispanic Gap: Poll

Jeremy B. White, IB Times, April 20, 2012

Balancing the Republican ticket with a Hispanic running mate would do little to alter Mitt Romney’s weak standing among Latinos, according to a new Public Policy Polling analysis.


The need to shore up Latino support has helped fuel speculation that Romney might select a Hispanic running mate, particularly the charismatic young Cuban-American senator Marco Rubio. {snip}

But the poll challenges the assumption that Romney would get a boost from a Latino running mate. Pollsters asked Hispanic voters in three swing states with large Latino populations and Hispanic elected officials—Rubio in Florida, Gov. Susan Martinez in New Mexico and Gov. Brian Sandoval in Nevada—whether those officials getting the vice presidential nod would affect their vote.

In all three instances, voters’ responses were virtually identical to when they were offered a matchup between just Obama and Romney. About two-thirds of respondents supported Obama over Romney in New Mexico and Colorado; in Florida, 52 percent favored Obama compared to 44 percent for Romney.

The poll’s results do suggest that the economy may provide Romney with an opening. Hispanic voters in all three states listed jobs and the economy, not immigration, as the primary factors influencing their presidential preferences. {snip}



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  • Southern__Hoosier

    Putting Blacks in his  cabinet hurt the Blacks, amongst the Black community,  more than it helped Bush.

  • The__Bobster

    Is Marco Rubio a Political ‘Trojan Horse’ Meant to Finish Off the GOP & the Conservative Movement?

    It’s no secret that this Old Vet is a one-trick pony when it comes to political issues. My focus has been on ILLEGAL immigration. Yes, I care about other things but I have focused what’s left of my time on earth, money and energy on the ILLEGAL immigration issue and American Sovereignty.

    Like many other conservatives I was an early supporter of Marco Rubio. As an up and coming rising star in the GOP, I liked his position on ILLEGAL immigration.

    However, since his arrival on the national political stage and particularly since talk of his possible selection as Romney’s VP choice he is beginning to back pedal on his previously articulated opposition to amnesty for ILLEGAL aliens.

    His ‘DREAM’ act is just another amnesty proposal, If it wasn’t an amnesty do you think that the congressional Hispanic supremacist Luis Guttierez (IL-D) would publically declare his support for it? Another possible ‘double-agent/Trojan Horse to watch is Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

    Like Rubio, she too espoused a hard line when it came to ILLEGAL immigration. Now she engages in the same Hispandering political rhetoric we see so often among the pro-Obama ultra-lefties…

  • jack ryan

    Get a white guy VP with a fun, attractive Latina wife. Hispanic women voters will go for this ticket as they want to marry up, marry Whiter and have their Hispanic children be better looking, whiter Hispanics. I have nice neighbors – White guy ~ 50, (light) Mexican gal ~ 33, they have a beautiful son who is bi-lingual. There is no anti White hatred in that home.

  • 3rdworlders will allways vote for more benefits and high taxes they wont pay,

  • ageofknowledge

    Translation: Gibme sumpin.

    It sounds eerily familiar.

    • JackKrak

      The bedrock of Democratic politics

  • If you HATE ROMNEY
    vote for the Libertarian candidate then

    and employ Maobama

  • Robert11110

    Mark Rubio is just another less than stellar politician getting lots of media hype and support from the establishment to boost his image based solely on his ethnicity just like Bobby Jindal, Michael Steele, Herman Cain and Colin Powell.  Do you think he’d be getting all this attention based on his ability or record if he weren’t a minority?  Nothing to see here but the GOP showcasing their latest token.   Speaking of which there’s been a lot of talk about Romney selecting Condoleeza Rice.  This is the same person during the end of Bush’s term who said she didn’t know whom she was going to vote for in 2008.  The base is already reluctant to support Romney so I guess he thinks he should slap a black or foreign face on the ticket as the final kiss of death?