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US: Latino Voters (LatinoDecisions 11/1-16)


Latino Decisions / University of New Mexico - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center / impreMedia
11/1-16/09; 1,000 Latino registered voters, 3.1% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Latino Decisions release)

National

What do you think is the most important issue that President Obama, and the Congress should address over the next year? (open-ended)
32% Health care, 22% Fixing rhe economy, 17% Immigration reform, 9% War in Iraq/Afghanistan, 7% Unemployment/Jobs, 1% Housing/Mortgages, 1% Education reform/Schools

Job Approval / Disapproval
Congress: 52 / 37
Pres. Obama: 74 / 23

With all the different issues the Congress and President must address, how important do you think it is that they should pass a bill on immigration reform before the 2010 congressional election?
23% Extremely, 39% Very, 22% Somewhat, 8% Not too, 4% Not at all

With all the different issues the Congress and President must address, how important do you think it is that they should pass a bill on health care reform before the 2010 congressional election?
33% Extremely, 40% Very, 13% Somewhat, 7% Not too, 5% Not at all

Between the two issues of immigration reform and health care reform, which one is more
important for Congress and the President to address, in your opinion?

20% Immigration, 67% Health care reform

When it comes to health care, do you think the Federal government should ensure that all people have health insurance, even if it means raising taxes, or do you think we should continue with the current health care system?
61% Universal health care, 28% Continue current system

One of the proposals offered to change healthcare would create a public option--a government run health plan that would compete with private insurance so that people could choose between public and private options. Which of the following best describes your view of the public option plan?
41% Strongly support, 33% Somewhat support, 7% Somewhat oppose, 14% Strongly oppose

thinking again about the current health care debate in Washington, D.C. How much do you
think the public officials take into account the health care needs of the Latino/Hispanic community when considering reforms? Is it...

14%^ Very much, 36% Somewhat, 26% Not too much, 18% Not at all

If the Congress and President do pass a health reform bill, do you think anyone living in this country should be eligible to buy or receive health care, or should it be restricted to only American citizens and legal residents?
67% Anyone eligible, 25% Only citizens and residents

 

Comments
Aaron_in_TX:

I look forward to Stillow's spin on this one.

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IdahoMulato:

Stillow just spews the right wing talking points. If you want to know what he thinks about this poll, either listen to Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh.
I also wants to know from Stillow how many of the purity tests he meets. Scozza said she meets 7 out of 10.

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Xenobion:

I find it amazing how the GOP was able to completely sever out an important bloc of their voters. Hispanics/Latinos are voting like African Americans for the Dems where they used to be overwhelmingly for Republicans because of conservative religious beliefs.

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Stillow:

Obama is only now beginning to lose white support. Latino support will also begin to drift away as Obama economic policy begings to make things worse and not better. These numbers are still pretty close to his election numbers with latinos.....many are still clinging to there vote, but we already see the early bleeding with whites who did vote for him....as his approval is below his election numbers.

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Field Marshal:

What is there to spin? The dem party is becoming the party of minority voters who want the government to pay their mortgage and car payments.

Even as a permanent minority party (if that does eventually happen when the Dems open the floodgates and treasury to Hispanic voters to buy their votes), at least it will still have principles based on ideals, not on whatever buys the most votes!

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Xenobion:

Glad you have such an opinion on minority voters FM. Hispanics are the fastest growing population segment in America. You think the republican position on immigration reform is going to get them to come back? When half of America is Hispanic in 2050 I wonder what the Republican party will look like.

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IdahoMulato:

Stillow is wrong once again. Obama numbers wrt hispanics are rather ticking up. The hate being churned out from Fox News and Right Wing talk radio and their top brass is alienating hispanics and other minorities.

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IdahoMulato:

WHOLE LIFERS VS. PRO-LIFERS
The difference between Christians that determines whether one vote democratic or republican is this: Most Christians who vote democratic tend to be WHOLE-LIFERS -- We believe that all human beings should be given a chance for survival not only the unborn but also those born. That's why we believe in healthcare for all and that healthcare is part of fundermental human rights. We also do not support the killings of any human in whatever form --- capital punishment, war, etc.

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saywhat90:

Actually according to the census asian americans are the fastest growing populace at 4% but the smallest in number. Hispanics are second in both growth and population percentage. Which does gives thema powerful position in the 2010 and 2012 elections. This power will only increase as the populace of white Americans is on the decline. And this is not because of immigration but because blacks Hispanics and Asian-Ammricans continue to have children above the 2.5 children model.

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Xenobion:

saywhat90 I guess I was to say increase in pure population # versus increase in % which would be smaller as Asian Americans are a small segment of the population as you've said.

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Field Marshal:

X,

Yes, hispanics are the fastest growing (large) portion of the population. Is it better to be the party of principles that instill the notions of freedom, limited government, self-responsibility, low taxes, strong defense, right-to-life, or the party that does whatever gets them the most votes, even if that means bankrupting the nation with new giveaways to buy votes? Even if it relegates the Reps to permanent minority status, i still know its the right path.

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Xenobion:

You have one way of describing the Republican Party and I have another. We both think we are the most principled at the end of the day but one party has won and the other has lost for being out of touch.

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Truthseeker:

Field Marshall,

Since when have the Republicans supported freedom and limited government? Prescription drugs, the Patriot Act, government interference in people's bedrooms and attempted marriages? They support right-to-life for the "unborn" but not for the born. They do support lower taxes but refuse to pay for wars, but if self-responsibility means supporting Ensign, Sanford, Craig, and Vitter no matter what they do, I guess they do meet those criteria.

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Field Marshal:

Turthseeker,

That is your misguided definition of supporting freedom and government.

The Reps big government mentality is why they lost power. The question is, what is the alternative? Even bigger government, more government intrusion into your lives, 10x the spending, bigger wars, less freedom, and bigger sex scandals and ethics issues.

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Xenobion:

I want bigger sex scandals.

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Farleftandproud:

Who is promoting this poll? Alberto Gonzalez or Jeb Bush's wife?

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Farleftandproud:

Actually I am mistaken. Wow, 74 percent is pretty impressive. Obama needs the Latino support big time in 2010 and 2012. If Immigration is a heated issue next summer, Obama will likely support amnestys like George W. Bush did, and the Neocons will more likely support a harder line policy on immigration. I think it won't have the impact it did in 1994 because Latinos and other immigrant groups have more power and are more numerous than back then. The debate will bring a big angry white and hispanic turnout to places like AZ and Southern California. Orange County California conservatives like Duncan Hunter and Rohrenbocker, hang on to your seats!

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Aaron_in_TX:

I'd like to know what the screening process was for determining a "latino." Does mixed race count? 2nd, 3rd generation immigrant? Definitions like that matter.

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platanoman:

Latinos love Obama. I don't think that will ever change.

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