Hispanically Speaking News: Poll: Obama Approval Rating Among Latino Voters Rising After Last Week’s Immigration Announcement

Published at 5:18 pm EST, June 18, 2012

On June 17, Latino Decisions and America’s Voice released the findings of a new poll and found many registered voters in the Latino communities in five key battleground states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Virginia, were very glad to hear about President Obama’s recent memo to immigration officials, in which he asked for a stop to deportations of undocumented youth.

In comparison to a poll earlier this year, it appears the President’s announcement has improved his approval rating among Latinos, as the earlier poll revealed many Latinos were questioning whether they would be willing to re-elect Obama based heavily on his inaction on immigration reform.

Earlier this year, a poll from Latino Decisions and Univision News showed Latino voters were less enthusiastic about the President than they had been in 2009, but Sunday’s poll revealed 49 percent said that after his announcement last week, they were more enthusiastic about him.

In contrast to these recent statements by Obama, the survey also tested enthusiasm towards policy statements by Mitt Romney on immigration. Respondents were asked whether Romney’s statements calling on undocumented immigrants to self-deport back to their “home” countries, and to make immigration laws in Arizona a model for the nation, made them more or less enthusiastic about Romney. Among Latino registered voters in five key battleground states, 10 percent said the Romney statements made them more enthusiastic, while 59 percent said the statements made them less enthusiastic about Romney, a net enthusiasm deficit of -49 points.


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