Poll: Immigration not a top issue for Hispanic voters
June 25th, 2012
05:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Immigration not a top issue for Hispanic voters

(CNN) – A new Gallup survey released Monday indicates immigration falls low among issues most important to Hispanic registered voters.

Twelve percent of respondents rated it as the top priority, while health care received the most nods with 21% ranking it as No. 1, according to the poll.

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Another 19% picked unemployment, 17% said economic growth and 16% said the gap between the rich and poor was the biggest issue.

The poll comes the same day the Supreme Court struck down key parts of an Arizona law that sought to deter illegal immigration.

The high court, however, let stand a controversial provision that allows police to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws.

Among all American voters, not just Hispanic voters, immigration policies fall dead last in the Gallup list, behind health care and economic issues. Twenty-one percent said the budget was most important, while 20% each said health care and economic growth were at the top. Five percent listed immigration as the biggest priority.

Monday's results are based on Gallup's Daily tracking telephone interviews with 1,005 Hispanic registered voters between April 16 and May 31, with a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points. For the survey among all American voters, Gallup interviewed 1,010 adults between June 13 and June 14.

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Filed under: Immigration • Latinos • Polls
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. chuck weidemann

    Hispanic voters are no different than anyother middle/ working class American....same worries and concerns....Romney is not the answer and least viable on immigration!!!

    June 25, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    Twelve percent of respondents rated it as the top priority, while health care received the most nods with 21% ranking it as No. 1, according to the poll... Another 19% picked unemployment, 17% said economic growth and 16% said the gap between the rich and poor was the biggest issue.
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    Obama/ Biden has plenty of work to do getting the Hispanic voters to ignore health care, unemployment and economic growth. Darn! And they thought they had the Latino American vote in the bag. Better go throw a few more Hollywood fund raisers and broadcast a bunch of propaganda política se encuentra!

    June 25, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. CBR

    Polls, polls, and more polls which can be skewed to get the answers you want. give us a break. I(t is unfortunate that we rely on these polls which just divide us even more.

    June 25, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. California

    The Great Divider is dividing this country more than it has been in the last 150 years.

    June 25, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. Arthur F

    Surprise that immigration isn't the top issue. The economy is it by a wide margin: unemployment, economic growth, and the widening gulf between the rich and the poor. That's 52%.

    June 25, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Unite Hispanics, stand with Obama because Republicans plan to overturn everything he's trying to do and they plan on doing nothing in return for you. Unite and stand with Obama, "We" stand with you.

    June 25, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  7. Mitzie

    I am not hispanic therefore I will not comment on how they feel about the immigration law. I will say that I don't vote for any one topic either and it does not surprise me at all to hear that this is not an hispanic voter's only issue. It does give me hope that they are polling in favor of Obama in droves as a result of the fact that they believe he will be a much better President for all of us than Mitt "I can't make up my mind" Romney.

    June 25, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  8. andi

    Hispanics are affected same like the rest of us. Obama tried to find middle ground and with the little success he got against GOP's relentless obstruction, he was able to turn the ever speeding-out-of-control 18 wheeler with no breaks called ' Economy' off a depression and i thank you for keeping what ever is left of the " American Dream". Now just imagine if Congress was as patriotic as OBAMA and become productive in truly supporting and criticize him or the Dems in a constructive way to fix the problems this country.... oh we could have continued as the greatest country in the world. i know it is wishful thinking with so many short sighted voters who don't check facts but rather punch-lines.

    June 25, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  9. vic , nashville ,tn

    Economy, Job, Health care are important for every one ,if you ask do you support SB 1070 100 % will say NO
    So don’t spin the poll numbers

    June 25, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  10. Anthony

    Unless the issue is Obama and why he could not turn around the economy in four years after Republicans killed it, Romney can't win. Even if the issue is the economy or deficits, Romney can't win. Romney actually does not has a real plan to address either issue. His economic plan is to give the rich more tax cuts, and hope that they finally get around to create jobs after 12 years of Bush tax cuts. His deficit plan is to give the rich more tax cuts and increase military spending, and hope that seniors do not figure out where the spending cuts will come from until after the election.

    June 25, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. n

    Wake up America, The media and it's cohorts are saying and doing what they can to help hold Romney up until November because he is by far, the weakest candidate to ever run for the oval office to date. It is plan to see Romney is campaigning on a curve and a handicap. Face it repubs, Romney is d.e.a.d. weight. The immigration thing knocked Romney out and now this issue is not the most important among Hispanic voters. Keeping Families together, are always top of the list. Period.

    June 25, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  12. Name willardbullock

    I think pretty that roomey and Rubio will wins for presdient and vice presdient 2012

    June 25, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  13. Steve- Illinois

    Most Hispanics I know are very conservative financially. I believe the economy is going to be thee main issue to a huge percentage of voters in every group. If the economy improves substantially before Nov., Obama will win easily, if not, it'll be Romney.

    June 25, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  14. DRAKE MALLARD

    Cubans have enjoyed a status not accorded to any other immigrant
    group over time. In this work,Illegal Immigrants from Cuba: Preferential
    Treatment to get Green Card

    Of course no republican will say anything about this as most cubans tend to vote republican

    Romney says he favors 'self-deportation

    other vs. Cubans: Is There A Double Standard On Illegal Aliens?

    June 25, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  15. Wiley Thruster

    This constant racial and gender profiling from Democrats is something they would be screaming bloody-murder over should the TSA use similar tactics to keep our country safe. To think that Hispanic's, Women, Gays, "the poor", "the rich" Black-White-Yellow-Blue-Orange or Polka-Dot all adhere to a herd mentality group-think and the key to success is to appeal to the most base of their instincts is the heart and soul of Leftist pandering and the strategy of this inept President. One would hope people are smarter than to buy this nonsense.

    June 25, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  16. once upon a horse

    it is too bad that we as Americans have to continue to label people when it comes to elections and practically all other things. we need to know the
    Hispanic vote
    Black vote
    Gay vote
    Women's vote
    White male 50 and over vote
    Single voter
    Married voter
    Youth voter
    and it goes on and on and on when the one thing in common from top to bottom is jobs and the economy and how it's going to work for me and which candiate and/or party can do what is best for this country. The only ones thus far with steady employment are pollsters.

    June 25, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  17. Gurgyl

    Through Rush Limbaugh, Glenn beck, Lou dobbs, Ann coulter, Maureen dawd all in jail– this nation is ok. Idiot mittens too.

    June 25, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  18. Really?

    Four and the door: read the rest of the poll. 66% of Hispanics support Obama, compared to Romney's 25%.

    You missed that? Too bad.

    June 25, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  19. avn

    It is the Most important issue to me!

    June 25, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  20. n

    Wake up America, The media and it's cohorts are saying and doing what they can to help hold Romney up until November because he is by far, the weakest candidate to ever run for the oval office to date. It is plain to see that Romney is campaigning on a curve and a handicap. Face it repubs, Romney is d.e.a.d. weight. The immigration thing knocked Romney out and now this issue is not the most important among Hispanic voters. Keeping Families together, are always top of the list. Period. Tell the truth and shame the devil.

    June 25, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  21. georgewashington

    Given these poll results Hispanics better get off their butts and vote for Obama in November. They will have absolutely no hope if Romney is elected.

    June 26, 2012 02:43 am at 2:43 am |