Politico: Latinos like deportation shift

Latino Decisions brings the first data on Latino voters’ reaction to the news that the Obama administration will stop deporting young undocumented immigrants and make it possible for some to obtain work permits. The reviews are, expectedly, good:

Prior to June 14, 2012, many immigration reform advocates had stated that the record high levels of deportations of immigrants under the Obama administration was causing some Latinos to grow weary about the Obama re-election campaign. In a Latino Decisions/Univision News poll in early 2012 53% of Latino voters said they were less enthusiastic about Obama in 2012 than they had been in 2009, while just 30% were more excited about the President. Overall, when asked what they thought about Obama’s deportation of 1.2 million immigrants, 41% of Latino voters said they were less enthusiastic about Obama, compared to 22% who were more enthusiastic, a net enthusiasm deficit of -19 points. The announcement on June 14 appears to have clearly erased Obama’s enthusiasm deficit among Latinos.

When asked how they felt about Obama’s action that would halt deportations and provide work permits to undocumented immigrant youth who attend college or serve in the military 49% of Latino voters said it would make them more enthusiastic about Obama, compared to 14% who were less enthusiastic, a net enthusiasm advantage of +35 points. We should be clear that these two questions were not meant to gauge overall support levels for policy, but rather how policy statements on their own, could change a potential voters degree of enthusiasm for or against the President. Last week we released a poll that found 87% of Latinos and 62% of non-Latinos, supported the DREAM Act.

Mitt Romney has not taken a position on clear Obama’s new deportation (or rather, non-deportation) policy, but the same poll shows his past comments on immigration continue to be a problem for him with the Latino community.

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