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New Pew Study Explores Link Between Religion And Politics In Latinos’ Lives

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More than half of the country’s Latinos favor allowing same-sex marriage, according to a recent poll by the Pew Hispanic Center.

A new Pew Research Center study explores the changing landscape of religion in Latinos' lives.

The Latino community traditionally has been more conservative on the issue of same-sex marriage. But that’s changing for most Latinos, even Catholics. Evangelicals remain opposed to same-sex marriage.

According to the study this marks a dramatic shift in public perception in just six years.

Pew’s Luis Lugo says Latinos are looking at many issues when making their voting decisions.

"When we ask Latinos what are the extremely important issues for you in this campaign, this is not an issue that shows up," Lugo said. "It is issues like education, jobs, health care, those are the issues that get the most attention."

A large majority of Latino Catholics support President Obama. They make up 57 percent of Latino registered voters.

Half of Latino evangelicals prefer the president. Almost 40 percent favor Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Evangelicals account for 16 percent of the Latino electorate.

Updated 10/18/12 at 7:38 p.m.

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