This morning, Presente.org, NALACC, Mi Familia Vota, and Latino Decisions released a new poll of Latino voters on President Obama’s new executive action for immigrants — and the findings should scare the heck out of Republicans. While both Republican members of Congress and the right-wing base are losing it over Obama’s announcement, fully 89% of Latino voters support the executive action. GOPers should really, really think twice before making comments or taking actions that will leave them in big trouble with Latino voters in 2016 and beyond.
The breakdown of support includes 76% of Latino Republicans who support the president’s announcement.
In this month’s midterms elections, immigration was one of the top issues for Latino voters:
37% of Latino voters turned out to vote to support the Latino community, more than turned out to support any particular party.
As always, it all goes back to how intensely personal an issue immigration reform is. Sixty four percent of Latino voters personally know someone who is an undocumented immigrant. Further breakdowns reveal that 1 in 3 registered Latino voters are related to someone who is undocumented, with an additional 1 in 3 having a close undocumented friend.
Finally, watch this interview between MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart and Latino Decisions’ Matt Barreto for more on what these numbers mean for the Republican response to executive action (hint: if they were smart, they would stop saying ugly things and just pass the Senate immigration bill already).