Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is leading nationally among Hispanic voters while Republican John McCain is leading heavily with white evangelicals, according to polling data released Sunday by the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan organization.
Data from a poll (PDF) of more than 2,587 likely voters interviewed on landline and cell phones found 49 percent supporting or leaning to Obama, compared with 42 percent for McCain. Obama had support from 62 percent of Hispanics, while McCain had garnered support from 71 percent of white evangelical Protestants.
The poll also shows that McCain has a narrow lead among whites and married voters, along with strong Obama support coming from young people and blacks:
Obama has strong support among blacks (89%-5%), Hispanics (62%-31%), young voters (61% to 36%), and lower-income voters (64%-29%). McCain has a large lead among white evangelical Protestants (71%-21%) and narrower advantages among whites (49%-42%) and married voters (50%-42%).
The poll also found that turnout could be significantly larger than in 2004, when Pew states that “voting participation reached its highest point in nearly four decades.”
While the survey found increased voting rates among young people and blacks, it also found signs of greater turnout across the board.