Mitt Romney cleans up with Latinos in the GOP primary in Florida beating Newt Gingrich, 42%-25%, a similar margin to his overall statewide total (42%-27%), according to an NBC-Marist poll released Sunday. (Latinos made up 12% of GOP primary likely voters, the same margin that voted in the 2008 GOP primary, according to exit polls.)
MoE +/- 11%
But against President Obama, Romney and the rest of the Republican candidates struggle with the group.
Obama's approval with Latinos in Florida (51%/36%) is higher than his overall approval in the poll (46%/46%). (Latinos made up 21% of the overall respondents in the poll.)
OBAMA APPROVAL AMONG LATINOS
MoE: +/- 4.1%
And Obama overperforms his approval rating with Latinos, when he is matched up with the Republican candidates.
AMONG LATINOS - OBAMA VS. GOP
Obama 54%, Romney 38%
Obama 56%, Gingrich 31%
Obama 58%, Santorum 24%
MoE +/- 6%
The margin against Romney is similar to what Obama won in 2008 against John McCain.
In 2008, Obama won Latinos 57%-42%, a 15-point spread, in Florida. According to the NBC/Marist poll, he wins them in the Sunshine State by 16 points -- with 3 points fewer for Obama and 4 fewer for Romney.