Thursday, December 29, 2011
Latino voters strongly support Barack Obama and the Democratic Party, despite dissatisfaction with the administration's deportation policies, according to a survey by the Pew Hispanic Center
According to the survey, Latino registered voters favor Obama over Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry by margins of more than 2-to-1. The results are similar to the presidential election in 2008, when Obama got 67% of the Latino vote compared with 31% for Republican candidate Sen. John McCain. Hispanic voters have traditionally identified with the Democratic Party, and the Pew results showed that connection continues. Two-thirds of Hispanic registered voters identified with or leaned toward the Democratic Party, while only 20% felt that way about the Republican Party. More than 90% of Latino respondents in the survey support the DREAM Act, a Democratic measure pushed by Obama that provides a pathway to legal residency for children of illegal immigrants who attend college or serve in the military.