Hispanic mothers from Florida reject Republican candidates

The vast majority of 300 Latina women polled considered Romney, Gingrich, Paul and Santorum unacceptable

Latina mothers in Florida overwhelmingly believe that none of the presidential candidates for the Republican party are acceptable to them, according to a poll conducted recently by ImpreMedia, Latino Decision and Mamiverse.com among 300 Hispanic mothers randomly selected from Florida’s rolls of registered voters. Those surveyed were between 18 and 55 year old.

Seventy-six percent of those surveyed considered Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum, the candidates in the Republican primary, unacceptable. Romney got off the easiest: 12% of those surveyed said that they would vote for Romney, while Gingrich (5%), Paul (4%) and Santorum (3%) were left with marginal support. The study’s margin of error is +/- 5.67.

Moreover, the poll showed that the Hispanic mothers surveyed prefer the incumbent President Barack Obama over Romney and Gingrich, the leaders in the Republican race. Obama won out in the data over both Romney (44% to 22%, respectively) and Gingrich (50% to 21%, respectively).

On the major issues, the Florida Latina mothers surveyed believed the most pressing matters that both the president and Congress should address are job creation and the economy (49%), immigration reform and the DREAM Act (32%) and education reform and the schools (24%). The issues of healthcare and housing and mortgages were considered important by 10% and 4% of those surveyed, respectively.

On the specific issue of the DREAM Act, to the question of whether they would support a candidate who asserted that children of immigrants should not be penalized for having come to the United States undocumented and that the DREAM Act is important for giving immigrant youth a path to college and citizenship, 71% of the Latina mothers surveyed said that such a statement would make their support for that candidate more likely. Seven percent said that such a statement would make their support less likely, and 16% said that the candidate’s stands on immigration were not important to them.

A vast majority of the mothers surveyed (62%) considered that the government should ensure universal access to health services, while 27% believed that each person should fend for him or herself in this regard.

Finally, 65% of those surveyed said that they do not try to persuade their family members and friends to vote the same way they do, while 31% agreed that they would try to do so.

Thirty-seven percent of those surveyed identified themselves as Democrats, 32% independents, 22% Republicans, 5% other parties and 4% did not know. Forty-six percent of Florida’s Latina mothers who took part in the study by impreMedia, Latino Decisions and Mamiverse.com were born outside the United States, 43% in the country and 11% in Puerto Rico.