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NBC/Marist poll: Romney leads big with Latinos vs. GOP, struggles against Obama

 

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.)

AMONG LATINOS
Romney 42%
Gingrich 25
Paul 14
Santorum 10

MoE +/- 11%

FULL GOP PRIMARY CROSSTABS .

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
Approve 51%
Disapprove 36

MoE: +/- 4.1%

And Obama overperforms his approval rating with Latinos, when he is matched up with the Republican candidates.

FULL GENERAL-ELECTION CROSSTABS.

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.

HERE'S THE FULL WRITE UP OF THE NBC/MARIST POLL.