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New Poll: Latino Voters Expect Obama to Deliver on Immigration in 2010


The battle in Washington over reforming health care has been in the headlines for months, and Latino voters, like the rest of America, expect to see results. But as a poll released yesterday by Impremedia, Latino Decisions and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows, even success in passing health-care reform won’t let President Obama and the Democrats off the hook with Latinos for their promise to fix the immigration system.

Of the 1000 registered Latino voters surveyed, 84% consider it “important, very important or extremely important” that immigration reform is passed before the 2010 midterm elections. That’s almost equal to the amount, 86%, of Latino voters who consider health-care reform important.

In an article about the poll, La Opinión noted that 34% of respondents considered health-care reform “the most important issue” facing Latinos at the moment, while “only 14%” named immigration. But after months of debate over health care, this isn’t surprising. Ultimately, Latinos need to see action on both.