In a year when support for Democratic candidates has eroded, Latinos remain loyal. Two-thirds (65%) of Latino registered voters say they plan to support the Democratic candidate in their local congressional district. Only 22% of Latinos support the Republican candidate, according to results from a nationwide survey of Latinos released today.
However, Hispanic registered voters appear to be less motivated than other voters to actually go to the polls and vote. Just one-third (32%) of all Latino registered voters say they have given this year's election "quite a lot" of thought. In contrast, half (50%) of all registered voters say the same. And when it comes to their intent to vote, only half (51%) of Latino registered voters say they are absolutely certain they will vote in this year's midterm election. Their response is weak compared to 70% of all registered voters who say they will certainly vote.
The survey finds that among Latino registered voters, Republicans may be more likely to turn out and vote than Democrats. Some 44% of Latino Republicans say they have given the election quite a lot of thought compared with 28% of Latino Democrats. This partisan gap is consistent with survey findings of the full population of registered voters.
These and other findings emerge from a new nationwide survey of 1,375 Latinos ages 18 and older, including 618 registered voters, conducted August 17 through September 19, 2010 by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center.
FOR MORE INFO: "Latinos and the 2010 Elections: Strong Support for Democrats; Weak Voter Motivation" is available at the Pew Hispanic Center's website.