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A new Latino Decisions/America’s Voice poll on the 2016 Latino vote puts Florida Senator Marco Rubio at the top of the list for the GOP and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on top for the Democrats.
The poll indicates that Latinos are actively watching the comprehensive immigration reform debate and waiting to see if legislation passes – all things that will influence the direction of their vote. The poll indicates Hispanic voters are evaluating not just the actions by elected officials on immigration reform but also their rhetoric.
The poll tested the popularity of most of the individuals that have indicated an interest to run in 2016, including NJ Governor Chris Christie, Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Paul Ryan for the Republicans. The poll included current Vice President Joe Biden and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro for the Democratic choices.
Rubio garnered 29% of those polled that indicated they would cast a Republican ballot, followed by Christie at 14%. An interesting find from the poll was when people were asked if a Republican could gain favor if they worked to convince fellow Republicans to pass immigration reform.
Rubio’s approval went from 30% to 55% hence he has a lot riding on the outcome of comprehensive immigration reform legislation.