And some thought that Latinos would not support a black man!

July 24th, 2008 · 10 Comments

It was just about 4-6 months ago when the traditional media was planting the notion that the Latino electorate would not support a black candidate for president. Most of us in Latino blogsphere remember pollster Sergio Bendixen’s statement, “…the Hispanic voter — and I want to say this very carefully — has not shown a lot of willingness or affinity to support black candidates.”

Well, surprise, surprise, the latest Pew Hispanic Center poll shows that 66% of registered Latino voters approve of Barack Obama versus the 23% who favor John McCain. These numbers likely reflect the anti-immigration sentiment running rampant in the Republican party and the understanding that John McCain wants to continue many of the failed Bush administration policies.

Tags: Barack Obama · John McCain · Presidential Elections

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  • 1 Francisco // Jul 24, 2008 at 10:56 am

    I’m not sure who they’re polling because I don’t know of any Latinos who are voting for WhamBama. I know I’m certainly not. I’d rather vote for Nader than see this person in office !!

  • 2 Annelle // Jul 24, 2008 at 10:57 am


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  • 3 Irma // Jul 24, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    I agree with Francisco, who are they talking to?
    Mexican- Americans in Texas? Puerto Ricans in
    New York ? Cuban-Americans in Miami?

    Someone should get Obama to say YES or NO on the Fence, then the Pew Center should take another poll……..

  • 4 xxxicana // Jul 24, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Que Pendejadas! Francisco, man, you need to get out more if you don’t know any Latinos that support Obama. I am an nth gen Chicana (pre-border). I know one Latino that will vote for McCain and many more that plan to vote for Obama (and not just Chicanos). I didn’t throw away my vote before on Nader and I won’t vote for McCain. Don’t forget, he’s from that state that started the Minute Men — shoot first ask questions later (as if whitey owned the place). Oh, and Irma, no seas tan haragana, look up the original report if you want to know who they polled — usually there is a demographic breakdown. I tried to download the doc, but am away from home with a super slow connection. Con razon estamos tan atrasados si no podemos ni hacer las esfuerzas para ser informados.

    THANK YOU LATINOPOLITICSBLOG for keeping us informed — the rest of you . . . put a little effort into your politics.

  • 5 theKaiser // Jul 24, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Hey Panchito, Frankie, Jesus, or whatever your name may be…Whether you realize it or not, you have a lot more in common politically with WhamBama than Ralph Nader. It’s okay to admit you depend on FOX news and the O’Reilly Factor for all your information. But for you to proclaim you know millions of Latinos and they couldn’t be voting for WhamBama is beyond being dim-witted. Read a book and jumpstart that brain of yours.

  • 6 reenee // Jul 24, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Oh good grief. Due to the fact that I read and do my best to stay informed, I’m going to have go with xxxicana and theKaiser on this one.
    Other than the clear thinking blog author, they’re the only ones making sensible comments here so far.

  • 7 Latino Consultant // Jul 25, 2008 at 8:47 am

    This is good news. D’s need 70% (Clinton ’92 – ’96 was 80% +) to win. Obama is just about there. Where else are Latinos going go? McCain can’t offer anything and his state is harder on immigrants than any other.

    Wait until the fall ads run with McCain taking every position of every issues possible and, making all those statements about what he doesn’t know.

    The folks above who don’t know Latinos that will support Obama need to talk to more peoplel

  • 8 Irma // Jul 25, 2008 at 8:57 am

    I repeat -the FENCE is a huge issue for those that are from Texas.
    What does Obama have to say about that ?

    One of my parents was from Mexico. Half the family is still there . I repeat – THE FENCE.

    Anybody who votes for someone who won’t “rethink” the fence
    is a pendejo.

  • 9 webmaster // Jul 25, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Irma, the Sanctuary bloggers are asking the presidential candidates about the border wall. I have blogged about this before and even linked to their survey. I understand that they are still awaiting answers, but I think that Obama would be more likely to reconsider this wall than would McCain, especially coming back from Europe, where borders are more open.

    I find it ironic that you, being an ardent Clinton supporter, would even make an issue out of the border wall. Don’t you remember her saying this?

    “A physical structure is obviously important,” Mrs. Clinton told the New York Daily News. “A wall in certain areas would be appropriate.”

  • 10 Irma // Jul 28, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Clinton is no running. I am interested in what
    the presumptive Demo nominee has to say about the wall . I dont want to vote for him but as I have stated the FENCE is a very big issue for me.
    If Obama takes a stand AGAINST the FENCE,
    I just might put a clothespin over my nose and
    vote for him. Hilary’s position on the FENCE
    was modified after her visit to Texas. It was in fact , one of the major reasons I supported her.
    I still do.

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