Gallup: Most Hispanics Put Other Issues Ahead of Immigration

Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 09:55 AM

By Patrick Hobin

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Most registered Hispanic voters put other issues ahead of immigration as their most important issue, a new USA Today/ Gallup poll says, and the majority of Hispanic voters believe the government should do more to solve the country’s problems.

Healthcare and unemployment are ahead of immigration for issues mattering most to registered Hispanic voters, according to the poll, with healthcare at 21 percent, unemployment at 19 percent and immigration at 12 percent.

Also, the poll found that 56 percent of Hispanic registered voters believe government should "do more to solve our country's problems, " which is more than the 37 percent of all American registered voters who say the same.

Hispanic voters who were born abroad differ most from the views of all Americans, with 61 percent believing government should get more involved in problem-solving.

In the poll, President Barack Obama leads Republican nominee Mitt Romney by 66 percent to 25 percent among Hispanic registered voters, which mirrors the 2008 presidential election. About 60 percent of Hispanic registered voters identify as Democrats or leaning Democratic and 27 percent identify as or leaning Republican.

Obama leads Romney 86 percent to 11 percent among Hispanic voters whose top issue concern is the gap between the rich and poor.

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