Nevada, New Mexico, Florida and Virginia Presidential, Senate Races Seen As Ripe for Major Clean Air/Clean Energy Appeal to Latino Voters; Results Suggest Massive Dirty Energy Ad Campaign Is Not Swaying Key Electoral Group.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Latino voters in four swing states -- Nevada, New Mexico, Florida and Virginia -- decisively favor candidates for president and the U.S. Senate who support clean air and clean energy policies over candidates who don't, according to four new state-specific surveys covering a total of 1,515 Latino respondents.
Conducted for the NRDC Action Fund, the four Public Policy Polling (PPP) polls of these key voters who could sway the overall Presidential election found:
(Latino voters in the four states were asked about their views on a full range of issues; the results highlighted above are intended to demonstrate the range of responses across the four key 2012 election battleground states. For the full state-by-state survey results, go to http://www.nrdcactionfund.org/latinovoters.)
Latino voters favor President Obama in Nevada (71-21 percent); New Mexico (58-26 percent and Virginia (57-42 percent). In Florida, the results were tied at 47-47. The balance of Latino voters in each were undecided.)
Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling, said: "Latino voters in key swing states embrace the values of clean air and clean energy. This creates a real opening for President Obama to build on his lead among such voters in the battleground states and it poses a real challenge for Mitt Romney, who is already far behind with Latino voters. These findings suggest the ads attacking clean air rules and touting dirty energy that are filling the airwaves in these states are not fooling Latino voters."
Ramirez Group President Andres Ramirez said: "With Latinos projected to vote in record numbers this November, the race is on to capture Latino support in key battleground states. But even as Gov. Romney scrambles to appeal to Latino voters, this new polling confirms that he couldn't be more out of touch with Latinos when it comes to our energy future. While Latinos call for cleaner, safer and affordable energy, Mitt Romney wants to send us backwards in time, lining the pockets of wealthy oil corporations while sacrificing the health of Latinos."
Adrianna Quintero, NRDC Action Fund, said: "Romney's energy plan is nothing short of disastrous for our country and especially for Latinos. His proposals steamroll over health protections, rolling back life-saving standards that reduce mercury in our air and water, and cut down on harmful pollution that causes global warming. Romney's plan to reverse landmark fuel efficiency standards would force us all to pay more at the pump hurting families that are already struggling."
All four of the battleground states covered in the poll also have hotly contested Senate races:
Full state-specific survey findings are online at http://www.nrdcactionfund.org/latinovoters.
The four PPP battleground state surveys were conducted in: Nevada (September 17-20, 2012, 300 Latino voters, margin of error of 5.6 percent); New Mexico (September 17-20, 2012, 715 Latino voters, margin of error of 3.6 percent); Florida (September 17-20, 2012, 300 Latino voters, margin of error of 5.6 percent); and Virginia (September 21-24, 2012, 200 Latino voters, margin of error of 6.9 percent).
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