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Wednesday June 20, 2012

Poll: Many Voters Support Obama’s Decision to Stop Deporting Undocumented Brought to U.S. as Kids

Poll: Many Voters Support Obama’s Decision to Stop Deporting Undocumented Brought to U.S. as Kids

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According to a Bloomberg poll, “64 percent of likely voters surveyed after Obama’s June 15 announcement said they agreed” with the president’s decision to stop the deportation of a number of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

While 30 percent of likely voters disagreed with the policy, the poll, which was released Tuesday, found that 65 percent of Independents supported the president’s decision, with 86 percent of Democrats supporting it as well.

On the other hand, 56 percent of Republican voters oppose the decision, and anti-immigration Republicans are already moving to sue Obama in order to suspend the deportation suspension.

With various issues on the minds of potential voters, the Bloomberg poll found few who listed immigration as their top issue, with only 4 percent listing it as a top concern.

Though many agree with the president’s announcement, they feel he only did so to play politics and get votes. His administration, of course, denies “playing politics,” but whatever the motivation for suspending the deportations, many Latino/Hispanics under the age of 30 who were brought to the U.S. before they turned 16, many of whom know no other home, have been bought more time.

On June 17, Latino Decisions and America’s Voice released the findings of a new poll and found many registered voters in the Latino communities in five key battleground states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Virginia, were very glad to hear about President Obama’s recent memo to immigration officials.

Sunday’s poll revealed 49 percent said that after his announcement last week, they were “more enthusiastic” about the president.


*”The Bloomberg National Poll, conducted by Des Moines, Iowa- based polling firm Selzer & Co., has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points for the 734 likely voters contacted.”