Hispanic Support Still Very Strong for Obama
While Hispanic voters are worried and concerned about a wide range of issues, including healthcare, the economy and education, the group also says that immigration is a very important priority for them and the nation, according to a new poll.Registered Hispanic voters were surveyed about what issues they most wanted both presidential candidates to address.
The issue that came up the most was the economy, while immigration reform was the second most important. The poll was released this week by the Wall Street Journal/Telemundo/NBC News.
Subgroups of Hispanic voters were not broken down however, the trend likely reflects among the three largest subgroups of Hispanic voters in the country (Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican), with at least one is dealing with immigration issues. Other groups of Hispanics that are impacted by immigration have increased substantially across the country. A new study by the Pew Hispanic Center that looked at 2010 data from the U.S. Census, found that the population of Dominicans increased by over 85% and Guatemalans by 180% since the turn of the century.
Other recent polls have showed that Hispanics, including those born in the U.S., care somewhat about immigration policies, because their feelings is they will be impacted by them in a direct way.
The latest survey interviewed 300 registered Hispanic voters in mid July. Over two thirds of those surveyed have already decided to vote for President Obama. Only 23% said they have decided to vote for Mitt Romney.