Dec 08, 2011

WOCPN Poll: Jobs, Education No. 1 Issues for Minorities in 2012 Swing States

A new poll from the Women of Color Policy Network (WOCPN) at NYU Wagner finds that Latino and African-American voters in 11 battleground states key to the outcome of the 2012 presidential election support President Barack Obama's re-election overwhelmingly -- and are motivated strongly to turn out.

The WOCPN's telephone survey of 800 registered minority voters in Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, and Missouri shows that getting the economy back on track and education are the top issues of the campaign for a large majority of these voters, putting them on a course to turn out at the polls in the presidential race. Those surveyed (the poll was conducted during the first two weeks of November) expressed some disillusionment with progress on a number of major public fronts, but principally blame Republicans in Congress.

The Women of Color Policy Network is a nationally known research center at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate Center of Public Service. The executive director is C. Nicole Mason.

The poll was conducted ahead of the "Engage 2012" conference on minority voting and the 2012 election that was convened by WOCPN on Thursday and Friday, December 8-9 at NYU Kimmel Center. The survey attracted national press coverage, including on MSNBC and Politico.

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