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Monday May 19, 2014

Immigration Expected to be Decisive Issue in Close Congressional Races

A survey of voters who will decide this year’s most competitive congressional races found 71 percent support for immigration reform, online publication Politico said Monday.

The SocialSphere-designed poll was carried out in English and Spanish by Gfk among 867 likely voters during the period May 2-13 and has a margin of error of plus/minus 4.1 percentage points.

Politico concluded the most tightly contested Senate races in the 2014 mid-term elections are in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Oregon, South Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia.

The most competitive House districts are scattered across 30 states.

Support for immigration reform is bipartisan: 64 percent of Republicans are in favor of it, along with 78 percent of Democrats and 71 percent of independents.

In addition, nine out of every 10 Hispanic voters say they favor immigration reform.

Seventy-three percent of those surveyed say that immigration reform will be an important issue in determining which candidate they will vote for in November, while 28 percent say that it will be “very important.”

Among the Hispanics surveyed the figures are even higher: 85 percent feel that immigration reform will be an important question when it comes to casting their votes, and 53 percent say it will be “very important.”

On the other hand, 26 say that immigration laws will not influence their selection of candidates at the polls.

In the areas where tight races are expected, 41 percent of those surveyed said that they would vote for the Republican candidate if the elections were held today, while 34 percent would support the Democratic candidate and 25 percent said they did not know which party they would vote for.

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