The Cycle

Hispanics eye Clinton, Giuliani, and immigration in ‘08 election

Hispanic PR Wire has just released the results of its survey, “The pulse of Latino press: A cross-section survey targeted US Hispanic media on the 2008 election,” which polled journalists across media, from online to broadcast to print. The poll was conducted between September 5 and 14 and publications represented over 2,000 outlets from the Hispanic PR Wire database.

Sen. Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani were the two candidates most likely to be favored by Hispanic voters, identified in 70% of responses to the question “Which presidential candidate from the democratic party is likely to get the most Latino votes?” New Mexico governor Bill Richardson came in second with 20%, then Sen. Barack Obama with 7% and John Edwards with 3%.

However, Gov. Richardson came out on top with the “most favorable position” on immigration, the hottest issue for Hispanics in the coming election (it was identified as the most likely hot topic by 47%, followed by the Iraq war, the economy, and healthcare, each receiving 14%).

Respondents also thought, overwhelmingly, that a female president was more likely to occur first (87%) versus an African-American president (9%) or a Hispanic president (4%).

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