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Latino voters disapprove of potential House GOP plans to address immigration issues without creating a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, according to a Latino Decisions poll released Wednesday.
The survey, from Latino Decisions and the advocacy group America's Voice, found stronger support for the immigration reform principles put forward by the bipartisan "gang of eight" in the Senate and Democrats in the House: a path to citizenship along with enhanced border security, employment verification and requirements that undocumented immigrants study English, pass a background check and pay a fine before becoming legal residents. Seventy-seven percent of Latino voters supported such a plan.
About two-thirds of Latino voters also said they approve of the Democratic Party's insistence that reform include a path to citizenship.
There are those who guess what Latinos will think, and then there are polls that measure what Latinos actually think. Here's hoping the Republican House understands the difference.
One helpful thing abput this poll in that regard is the methodology:
Latino Decisions interviewed a total of 800 Latino voters, sampled proportionately across 24 Congressional districts listed in our Tier 1 and Tier 2 competitive U.S. House districts, all held b[y] Republican incumbent House members. The districts are mapped below, and detailed on page 11.
The sample was divided evenly with 400 Latinos who voted in the 2010 Midterm elections, and 400 Latinos who did not vote in the Midterm, but did vote in the 2012 Presidential, which we identify as "Presidential Surge" voters.
There are Latinos in Republican districts. Now the trick will be making certain that surge voters become Midterm voters.
As to that, Republicans are apparently doing their part.
Originally posted to Greg Dworkin on Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 03:32 PM PDT.