Latino Voters in the 2012 Election
Latinos voted for President Barack Obama over Republican Mitt Romney 71% to 27%, according to an analysis of exit polls by thePewHispanicCenter, a project of thePew ResearchCenter.
Obama’s national vote share among Hispanic voters is the highest seen by a Democratic candidate since 1996, when President Bill Clinton won 72% of the Hispanic vote.
The Center’s analysis also finds that Latinos made up 10% of the electorate, as indicated by the national exit poll, up from 9% in 2008 and 8% in 2004. The Center’s exit poll analysis also shows that as a group, non-white voters made up 28% of the nation’s electorate, up from 26% in 2008.
Hispanics made up a growing share of voters in three of the key battleground states in yesterday’s election—-Florida,ColoradoandNevada. Hispanics made up 17% of the electorate inFlorida, up from 14% in 2008. Obama carriedFlorida’s Hispanic vote 60% to 39%. InColorado, Hispanics made up 14% of voters, up from 13% in 2008. Obama carried the Hispanic vote there 75% to 23%. Among voters inNevada, the Hispanic share was 18%, up from 15% in 2008. Obama wonNevada’s Hispanic vote 70% to 25%. Obama’s Hispanic vote was up from2008 inFloridaandColorado, but down inNevada.
Among Latino voters, support for Obama was strong among all major demographic sub-groups. However, there was a gender gap among Hispanics as there was among the electorate as a whole. Obama carried Hispanic women with 76% of the vote and Hispanic males with 65%.
The analysis of exit polls in this report is limited to 12 states. These states areArizona,California,Colorado,Florida,Illinois,Nevada,New Mexico,North Carolina,Ohio,Pennsylvania,Virginia andWisconsin.
For more on the changing demographics in the United States, see a new commentary released today by the Pew Social & Demographics Trends project. The commentary, “A Milestone En Route to a Majority Minority Nation,” notes that by 2050 the minority groups that carried President Obama to victory yesterday are on track to become a majority of the nation’s population, and that the Hispanic share of the U.S. population could be as high as 29%, up from 17% now.