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Poll: Economy -- not immigration -- key to winning Latino vote

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Via Hot Air, the latest Gallup poll may have some bad news for President Obama if he hoped taking executive action to decrease deportations might win him some Latino votes this fall. The poll of Latino voters shows that immigration actually ranks relatively low on the priority list and Latinos are much more concerned about the economy:

U.S. Hispanics prioritize immigration, healthcare, and unemployment to equal degrees, according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll asking about the importance of six national policy issues. Twenty percent of Hispanics each mention one of the top three issues as mattering most to them, while 17% name economic growth, 11% name the gap between the rich and poor, and 7% name the federal budget deficit. Hispanic registered voters, however, put healthcare and all economic issues before immigration, which 12% name as their most important issue. …

USA Today/Gallup asked the same issue-importance question of all Americans in Gallup Daily tracking interviews from June 13-14. Among all Americans and U.S. registered voters, healthcare, economic growth, and the federal deficit roughly tie as the most important issues, while immigration ranks last among both groups of Americans.

However, as Ed Morrissey points out, Obama is still the favored candidate among 66% of registered Hispanic voters, compared to just 25% support for GOP challenger Mitt Romney.

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