Univision Poll: Economy and Education Key to Latino Vote

Friday, 08 Aug 2014 12:52 PM

By John Blosser

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If Republicans want to win the Latino vote in November, they should concentrate on the economy and education, not on immigration reform.

That's the surprising result of a new poll of California registered Latino voters, commissioned by Univision, the Spanish-language television network, which, according to Breitbart News, found that immigration issues were only the sixth most important factor in how those Latinos plan to vote.

Far more important were education (21 percent), jobs (16 percent), government spending and the deficit (15 percent), Social Security (13 percent), "how what they do will affect my wallet" (10 percent) and health care (9 percent). Only crime and personal safety fell below immigration concerns, at 5 percent.

Popular conservative commentator Laura Ingraham said on her talk show that the survey "puts to the lie the idea that you win the Latino vote by caving to Obama on amnesty."

Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar told Ingraham, "What they [Latino voters] want is for the rule of law to be upheld. When somebody goes to the front of the line without following the rules, that's exactly what people came to this country for, was the rule of law, and they don't want to see amnesty, they want to see border security."

While 86 percent surveyed said they do support comprehensive immigration reform, most of the voters, 53 percent, said they would prefer to "require borders to be secured before providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants," Breitbart reported.

Only 10 percent of those surveyed blamed Republican opposition to amnesty for their disapproval of Republicans. More said that Republicans "care mostly about corporations and big business," or 17 percent, while others complained that Republicans favor the rich, care only for themselves, and favor white people over minorities, Breitbart reported.

Hector Barajas, Latino voter specialist with the Revolvis political consulting firm, told Breitbart, "Latinos are focused on pocketbook issues. They want to know how a proposition or legislation is going to affect them financially."

The poll mirrored one conducted by the National Council of La Raza, the largest Latino advocacy group, in July, which found that more than half of those surveyed were concerned about economic issues, chiefly, losing their jobs, according to California Report.

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