Latino voters: jobs and immigration top concerns, low awareness of GOP candidates
Last week, the results of a national poll of Latino voters focused on their attitudes toward health care policy, with a majority in favor of keeping the Affordable Care Act in general, but not in favor of being required to purchase their own insurance, one of the law’s provisions.
Other results from the poll, including how Latinos feel about 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls, were released today. Among other things, the results indicate that most Republican candidates’ outreach to Latino voters needs work.
Of 600 Latino registered voters polled in 21 states, 46 percent said they had not heard and/or had no opinion of presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, even though he received the most favorable rating among the candidates in the the GOP field.
Some other political highlights of the poll, the sixth in a series of recent tracking polls conducted by the Latino Decisions polling firm in partnership with Spanish-language media publisher impreMedia:
Of the voters polled, a majority said they approved of President Obama’s performance, with 31 percent strongly approving and 32 percent approving somewhat.
Slightly under half (49 percent) the respondents said they were certain they would vote for Obama.
Of the GOP candidates, the most favored by Latino voters were Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, although 28 percent said they’d never heard of Romney, and 21 said they had not heard of Perry.
Of the respondents, 78 percent thought Congress should pass Obama’s American Jobs Act, while 12 percent said Congress should not.
Close to a quarter, 23 percent, of the Latino voters polled said they had not heard of a recent Obama administration announcement that it would exercise prosecutorial discretion in its deportation policy, reviewing the cases of immigrants with no criminal history; regardless, a majority (55 percent) of respondents strongly supported the idea.
The complete results of the poll can be downloaded here.