On March 5th, Latino Decisions conducted a poll showing that:
· Immigration reform is now by far the most important issue among Latino voters. Asked to name the most important issues the President and Congress should address, 58% of Latino voters named immigration reform; the second most important issue was jobs/the economy, with 35%. This is a change from polls from last year showing that jobs/the economy were the most important issue to Latino voters.
· 75% of Latino voters are paying close attention to the immigration debate. 75% of Latino voters, including 67% of US-born Latino voters, said they have heard or read about the immigration debate.
· 44% of Latino voters would be more likely to vote for a pro-immigrant Republican Party. Asked what effect it would have if the Republican Party took a leadership role in passing immigration reform, 44% of Latino voters said they would be more likely to vote Republican—up from 31% in November 2012. This includes 43% of Latinos who voted for Obama in 2012.
· If immigration reform does not pass this year, 60% of Latino voters will blame Republicans. Asked who would be most to blame for immigration reform not passing this year, 60% of Latinos named the Republican Party, while 15% named the Democrats.