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Polls: Democrats Hold Advantage Among Latino Voters

Polls: Democrats Hold Advantage Among Latino Voters

By Adam O'Neal - October 29, 2014

More than half of Hispanic registered voters believe that immigration "is not a deal-breaker in determining their vote," according to a new Pew survey, which also shows that Democrats are significantly more popular with Hispanics than Republicans. 

Only 36 percent of Latino voters would not support a candidate who disagrees with them about immigration policy (even if they agree on most other issues). Fifty-four percent would consider voting for the candidate they disagree with, and 6 percent said it “depends.” 

Fifty-seven percent of Hispanic voters support the Democratic candidate in their local congressional race. Just 28 percent plan to vote for a Republican. 

While the numbers represent a very poor showing for the GOP among Latinos, they’re actually an improvement from 2010, when just 22 percent of Hispanics backed the Republican (65 percent supported a Democrat). 

A plurality (45 percent) of Hispanic voters believe that congressional Republicans are most responsible for immigration inaction -- something that two-thirds believe is “extremely important” or “very important.” One in five blame President Obama, and 14 percent fault congressional Democrats. 

The national survey of 1,520 Hispanic adults (733 of whom are registered to vote) was conducted Sept. 11-Oct. 9. The overall margin of error is 3.2 percentage points overall and 4.8 percentage points among registered voters.

Adam O'Neal is a political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at aoneal@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearAdam.

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