A new Pew Research poll of 2,373 voters, which sampled only a small number of Hispanics, 7 percent, found Obama leading Romney among Latinos, 65 percent to 25 percent. According to Mark Hugo López, Associate Director of the Pew Hispanic Research Center, these numbers are not that different from earlier Pew Hispanic polls. A Quinnipiac poll today, which also sampled a small number of Latinos, found Obama leading Romney among Latinos at 59 percent to 30 percent.
In the new Pew poll, among the general public, the public gave better marks to Obama for dealing with most issues except two.
The Pew Research poll found voters think Mitt Romney would do a better job at reducing the federal deficit than Obama (50 to 36 percent) and on improving the job situation (46 to 42 percent).
On all other issues, however, Obama leads over Romney. On immigration, 46 percent of Americans think Obama would do a better job than Romney, who got 42 percent. On taxes, voters thought Obama would do a better job (48 to 40 percent), as well as on health care (49 to 41 percent) and on improving economic conditions (48 to 42 percent).
Voters also thought President Obama would do a better job than Romney at defending the country against terrorist attacks (50 to 38 percent). Voters also thought Obama would do a better job on abortion/gay rights than Romney, by a margin of 50 to 36 percent.
The widest lead for Obama was when Americans were asked who would do the best job dealing with problems of poor people. Sixty percent of Americans thought Obama would do a better job on this issue, and 30 percent thought former Governor Romney would.
The Pew Research found that among the general public, the views of the Supreme Court had declined, particularly among Republicans. Fifty one percent of Americans view the Justices favorably, while 37 percent view the Supreme Court unfavorably, which is a significant increase from July 2010, when only 25 percent of Americans had an unfavorable view of the Supreme Court. The poll finds this is related to people’s views of the health care law. Two-thirds (65 percent) of those who approve of the Affordable Care Act have a favorable opinion of the Supreme Court, whereas only 37 percent of those who disapprove of the health care legislation have favorable views of the nation’s highest Justices.