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Hispanic Support for Obama Again at Historic Highs

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A new USA Today/Pew Poll shows Hispanic support for President Obama at the highest levels since he took office in 2009. 73% of Hispanics back the President, up from just 48% in late 2011. They also back the President over congressional Republicans on immigration by a whopping 73-15%.


The support for the President on immigration extends to the general public as well. He best Republicans on the issue by a 51-37% margin. And nearly 9 in 10 say a major immigration overhaul is overdue.

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  1. Jack's Avatar
    Not a good poll question. The only options are "border security" and "pathway to citizenship". A new Reuters poll is more straightforward: deportation or stay. Deportation wins handily. And this does not even factor in non-deportation enforcement methods which would lower the "get to stay" percentage even more.

    From Reuters:

    Thirty percent of those polled think that most illegal immigrants, with some exceptions, should be deported, while 23 percent believe all illegal immigrants should be deported.

    Only 5 percent believe all illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the United States legally, and 31 percent want most illegal immigrants to stay.

    These results are in line with other polls in recent years, suggesting that people's views on immigration have not changed dramatically since the immigration debate reignited in Congress last month, according to Ipsos pollster Julia Clark.

    "It's not Americans' views that are shifting. It is that the political climate is ripe for this discussion," after the November election when Hispanics voted overwhelmingly in favor of Democratic President Barack Obama, she said.

    "Democrats feel that the time is right to capitalize on their wins and Republicans feel that they had a bad blow and are eager to reach out to Hispanics," she added.

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    This makes sense. Unlike politicians who have no principles, regular people don't suddenly change a belief in something as deeply ingrained as rule of law.

  2. George Chell's Avatar
    "This makes sense. Unlike politicians who have no principles, regular people don't suddenly change a belief in something as deeply ingrained as rule of law."

    Does not matter whether they change opinion or not. 70% voted for Obama...and immigration was a top issue for Hispanics during the general elections. So, dont try and change the subject.
  3. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Jack, you may want your neighbor to move - many of us do. But at the end of the day, only few will try evection. The vast majority is practical and understand that wanting something does not mean getting it.
  4. S's Avatar
    Republicans must be really working hard to find a wedge between hispanic and non hispanic immigrants. They are really good at it,
  5. George Chell's Avatar
    "Republicans must be really working hard to find a wedge between hispanic and non hispanic immigrants. They are really good at it,"

    But, many dont like Asians either...for that matter they dont like Asian-Americans whose families have lived here for at least five generations, for that matter. If people like Kobach liked Asians they would be supporting skilled migration...they are not...at least they have not said anything about it. People in California can correct me...there are white people in places such as Huntington Beach, who dont like the idea of Asians buying up property and moving into their neighborhoods.
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