[Why are so many of them Prots or "have no affiliation" in the first place?]
Hispanic Catholic voters favor Obama; [Hispanic] Evangelical [Protestants] less enthusiastic
CWN – October 18, 2012
Hispanic voters lean heavily toward President Barack Obama in this year’s US presidential race, a new survey by the Pew Forum shows.
Hispanic Catholics favor Obama by an overwhelming 73- 19%. (Among Hispanic Catholics who attend Mass weekly, the survey shows a 61-38% edge for Obama.) Hispanics who have no affiliation are even more overwhelmingly attached to President Obama, by 82- 7%. Hispanics who are Evangelical Protestants choose the incumbent President by a less lopsided 50- 39%.
The Pew survey also finds a strong trend toward approval of same-sex marriage among Hispanic voters. For the first time the poll found a majority in favor of legal recognition for same-sex unions; the margin was 52- 34% . Those figures show a dramatic shift from a 2009 survey, in which only 34% of Hispanic respondents favored same-sex marriage, with 44% opposed.
The responses from Catholic Hispanics roughly matched the overall results, with 51% favoring legal recognition of same-sex marriage and 31% opposed. Among Hispanic Catholics who attend Mass weekly, a plurality still approved of same-sex marriage, although the results were closer, with 46% in favor and 37% opposed. Again Evangelical Hispanics showed more conservative views, with only 25% favoring same-sex marriage and 66% opposed.
Additional sources for this story: Latinos, Religion and Campaign 2012 (Pew Forum) www.pewforum.org/Race/Latinos-Religion-and-Campaign-2012.aspx