By Michael Hansberry (staff@latinospost.com) | First Posted: Oct 02, 2012 08:02 PM EDT

Barack Obama leads over Mitt Romney with Latino voters, according to CNN study. (Photo : Reuters)

A new poll conducted by CNN shows that President Barack Obama leads over Mitt Romney with the Latino voting demographic.

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Some 70 percent of Latino voters are backing the incumbent president, according to the CNN/ORC International survey. This number is 3 percent higher than 67 percent who voted for Obama in 2008. Romney came in with 26 percent of Latino voters in the poll conducted Tuesday. Three percent of the votes said neither and 1 percent said other.

CNN reported, concerning Latino voters, former Republican nominee John McCain garnered 31 percent of the 2008 Latino vote. In 2004, 53 percent of Latinos went for the Democratic nominee John Kerry over the 44 percent who went for President George W. Bush, according to national exit polls.

It showed that over the past two years Obama's approval among Latino voters has steadily increased. It showed that 28 percent of Latinos disapproved of Obama's job as president, compared to the 41 percent who disapproved in 2010.

The article also released information from the Pew Hispanic Center, which reported that 44 percent of Latinos are mostly concerned with the economy, followed by 14 percent being concerned with both immigration and education. Those numbers are followed by 11 percent for health care, 6 percent for the federal budget and 3 percent concerned about the situation in Afghanistan.

Those polled said they believe Obama is the better candidate to handle the economy and unemployment, according to the article. Obama scored even higher when it came to immigration policies, showing that 74 percent said Obama could handle the issue, as opposed to 26 percent who said Romney.

The two candidates will have the first Presidential Debate Wednesday, Oct. 3. beginning at 9 p.m. EST.

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