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Latino Decisions Releases Poll on E-Day

Latino Decisions released a poll today detailing how Tejanos (Texas Latinos) feel about various issues. The most important poll, though, is at your polling location. Find yours and go vote!

 

Here are the highlights:

Most Important Issues

  • Jobs/Economy – 28%
  • Immigration – 43%
  • Health Care/Medicaid – 17%
  • Education/Schools – 22%

I’m voting in 2014 because…

  • I wanted to support the Democratic candidate – 40%
  • I wanted to support the Republican candidate – 16%
  • I wanted to support and represent the Latino community – 34%

How important is the issue of immigration in your decision to vote, and who to vote for.

  • Most important – 33%
  • One of the most important – 36%
  • Somewhat important – 17%

60% of Texas Latinos know someone who is undocumented, according to the poll.

Well, there you have it. By the looks of it, Republicans don’t have a shot at much of the Latino vote. But it is all about turnout today. So, go vote!

IN OTHER STATES

There are some states that were the cause for President Obama’s delay on executive action, such as North Carolina. In North Carolina, immigration was the most important issue for Latinos at 57%. 45% in Colorado. 57% in Georgia. Just food for thought as we await tonight’s results.

 

 

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Poll: Latinos Really Want to Know More About ACA

As much as Latinos respond to Republican negativity about immigration reform, can you imagine how they would react if more Latinos knew about the Affordable Care Act?

A poll by Latino Decisions announced that 52% of Latinos are not informed about what is called Obamacare. Another 69% of Latinos state that the ACA is complicated; however, 89% want to know more about it. 71% of Latinos claim they cannot name one policy within the ACA. The Obama Administration could do much more to educate the Latino community on the ACA, considering that health care is a top issue of the community and the fact that Republicans are adamant about getting rid of Obamacare.

Furthermore, after hearing some basic information, 75% believe ACA will be good for the Latino community in the long run compared to only 16% say it will be bad. These findings from the survey provide some optimism that if properly engaged the Latino community will be avid consumers of information pertaining the to the historic reform legislation.

The poll also showed that Latinos are definitely worried about rising health care costs, especially with as many as 45% of Latinos lacking health insurance. Latinos have been hit hard by medical bills, according to the poll.

Republicans are still not getting it right with immigration reform, but there are other issues, including health care, where the GOP simply doesn’t get–or doesn’t care–where Latinos stand. I see a major opportunity for increased political education on the part of President Obama and the Democrats.

Latino Issues Pendulum Swings Toward Immigration

As I’ve stated previously, Latinos have a whole bunch of issues we keep our eye on, but when the policy talk and negative rhetoric hops up on immigration, all attention seems to go in that direction. A new poll from Latino Decisions states as much.

Overall, 58% of Latino voters now rate immigration reform as the most important issue they want Congress and the President to address, up from 35% who rated immigration reform as the top concern in our November 2012 election eve poll.  The economy and jobs was rated second at 38% followed by health care (19%) and education (15%).

74% of Latinos find it very important that immigration reform be passed in 2013. Latinos also found that DC must work on both the economy and immigration reform  at the same time, rather than the economy taking precedence over CIR.

Disturbing was one question asking Latinos if they would vote for a Republican who takes a leadership role on the issue, and 44% responded in the affirmative. The pollsters felt that perhaps because some have taken that role in trying to come up with a solution, that Latinos are giving the GOP a second look.

That said, things clear up when Latinos were asked if they would vote for a Republican who would block a path to citizenship and 42% stated they would not, including 33% of Latinos Republicans. 41% of Latinos stated they would defect to the other side if Democrats blocked reform.

But when it comes right down to it, they can ask all the questions they want about scenarios. How do they really feel about things?

When asked which party has been most responsible for immigration reform not passing over the last few years, 64% say the Republicans are to blame, compared to 10% who blame the Democrats.  And how do Latinos currently evaluate each party’s outreach to the Latino community? As of March 2013, things look fairly similar to November 2012.  While 72% say the Democrats have done a good job reaching out to Latinos, only 21% think the Republicans have done a good job.  In contrast, 45% think the Republicans “don’t care too much” about Latinos, and 22% think the Republicans are being hostile towards Latinos.  For the Democrats, 17% think the party doesn’t care, and 4% think Dems are hostile.

This was a poll of 800 registered Latino voters from across the U.S., by the way. The poll can be easily slammed by the right, given that it was put out there by pro-immigration reform groups like SEIU. But I will give it some “lefty” criticism, too. It doesn’t seem like President Obama’s deportation programs were mentioned, which could affect the numbers. Another criticism is that the poll seems to have missed the gun control debate completely, which sometimes seems to take precedence over CIR.

Ultimately, the bottom line is that immigration reform is at the top of the list of Latino voters again, and a path to citizenship is at the forefront of what Latinos want in the reform package. Thus far, Republicans “leading” on the issue, like Marco Rubio, are against citizenship. Add to that 2016 prospect JEB Bush and Republicans really are back where they have always been–wanting to exploit immigrants for their corporate funders’ benefit.

And Latinos, apparently, are watching and ready to blame who is stopping immigration reform from happening.