The record number of Latinos who voted this year are the leading edge of an ascendant ethnic voting bloc that is likely to double in size within a generation.
Obama's national vote share among Hispanic voters is the highest seen by a Democratic candidate since 1996. The Latino vote was an important building block for Obama's win in key states, including Colorado, Nevada and Florida.
Three-quarters of Latino Catholics and eight-in-ten religiously unaffiliated Latinos support President Barack Obama's re-election, while just 50% of Latino evangelical Protestants prefer Obama and 39% support Mitt Romney.
Latino registered voters prefer President Obama over Republican challenger Mitt Romney by 69% to 21%; express growing satisfaction with the direction of the nation and the state of their personal finances; but are somewhat less certain than non-Hispanics that they will vote in this election.
Data on the size and social and economic characteristics of the Hispanic and non-Hispanic eligible voter populations.
A record 23.7 million Latinos are eligible to vote in the 2012 presidential election, according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data. This is up by more than 4 million, or 22%, since 2008, but turnout typically lags that of whites, blacks.
A map showing key characteristics of Latino eligible voters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Characteristics of the 60 metropolitan areas with the largest Hispanic populations.
Browse and download data on the Hispanic population by state and county.
The Los Angeles metropolitan area has the nation's largest Hispanic population followed by the New York metropolitan area. California and Texas are home to six of the 10 largest Hispanic metropolitan populations.