PUBLIC POLLING ON IMMIGRATION REFORM

Immigration Ranked Top Priority Issue Among Latino Voters

by Mahwish Khan on 02/10/2011

February 2011

Latino Decisions surveyed 500 registered voters between January 24th and February 5th in 21 states with the largest Hispanic populations, comprising 94% percent of the US Hispanic electorate.  Voters were selected randomly from the registered voter lists and households were identified for contact using the Census Bureau Hispanic surname list, and merged with third party data to secure telephone numbers. Results were weighted to account for minor deviations from known population characteristics. The margin of error is +/- 4.38% on the full sample. According to the poll: 

Immigration Ranked Top Priority Issue to Be Addressed. Respondents were asked what are the most important issues facing the Latino community that need to be addressed by lawmakers and the President.  They ranked immigration as top priority (47%) followed by the jobs/economy 34%.  Education and health followed with 20% and 12% respectively.

Strong Majority Support DREAM Act. The poll found, 85% of respondents either strongly approve or somewhat approve of the DREAM Act to provide undocumented immigrant children a path to citizenship if they attend college or serve in the U.S. Military.

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