Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Poll: Immigration Tops Economy for Latino Voters

Poll: Immigration Tops Economy for Latino Voters

Kirk Siegler (2010-06-25)
DENVER, CO (KUNC) - A new poll shows the divisive immigration debate is weighing heavily on the minds of Latino voters in four key states - including Colorado.

The poll samples 1,600 registered Latino voters in four states with influential Latino voting blocks; California, Texas, Florida and Colorado. It finds that immigration reform is the single most important issue for voters, trumping even the economy and jobs. The release corresponds with the annual meeting of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed officials in Denver, which commissioned the poll.

"We expect a fairly robust turnout of Latino voters come this November and with the potential of effecting statewide outcomes in these four states," says Arturo Vargas, the NALEO executive director.

In Colorado, the poll also found that Latinos overwhelmingly sided with democrat John Hickenlooper over Republican Scott McInnis in the governor's race.

The US Senate democratic primary was tighter; with Senator Michael Bennet leading Andrew Romanoff 38% to 31% and a 15% block of undecided among the 400 voters sampled here.
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