AARP recently commissioned a nationwide survey of registered Hispanic voters to ascertain their views on participation in the 2008 presidential election, problems facing the country, and role of Hispanic voters in the election.
This executive summary presents key findings, which include the following:
- A clear majority (54%) of Hispanic registered voters say that Latino voters will play a larger role than in past years in deciding the 2008 presidential election. One-third say the role of Hispanic voters will be no different in this year's presidential election than it was in the past.
- A large majority (82%) of respondents say they are almost certain to vote in the November 2008 presidential election. Only 4 percent say they will not vote, and 13 percent say they are more or less likely to vote.
- Nearly 6 in 10 (59%) Hispanic voters indicate that they have already decided whom to vote for, whereas 4 in 10 are still undecided.
- Three-quarters of respondents support their preferred presidential candidate strongly, including 57 percent who are very strong in their support. Strong supporters are disproportionately higher income (83%), Democrats (83%), and liberals (85%).
- Almost 8 in 10 (79%) of the registered Hispanic voters believe that the country is seriously off on the wrong track, whereas only 13 percent think things in this country are going in the right direction.
The study was conducted for AARP by Woelfel Research, Inc., an independent research company. Interviews were conducted from May 29 to June 5, 2008, among a nationally representative sample of 600 Hispanic registered voters ages 18 and older. For additional information contact William Wright at 202-434-6278. (12 pages)
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