Monday, June 18, 2012

Poll: Latino Support of Obama Surges in Swing States With New Deportation Policy

A new poll indicates that Obama support among Hispanic voters has surged, with 49 percent saying they were more enthusiastic about the president.

Posted By on Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 3:14 PM

A key demographic in five swing states is boosting its support of President Barack Obama's re-election bid in the wake of his new immigration plan.

Following his executive order to halt the deportations of young undocumented immigrant, a new poll indicates that Obama support among Hispanic voters has surged, with 49 percent saying they were more enthusiastic about the president. The Latino Decisions-America's Voice survey conducted in five battleground states—Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Virginia—showed that new support stood "in clear contrast to the low levels of enthusiasm among Latinos toward the previous deportation policies under the Obama administration.

On June 15, Obama announced that his administration would stop deporting undocumented immigrants who come to the country at a young age. GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney offered support for easing deportations among young undocumented immigrants, but called Obama's executive order an election-year ploy and avoided taking a clear stance on the issue. Romney would not say whether he would leave the order in place if elected in November.

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