Most U.S. Latinos oppose Obama's deportation policy: study

Wed Dec 28, 2011 4:09pm EST

A reveller carries her sleeping child while taking part in the annual Hispanic Day Parade in New York October 9, 2011. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

A reveller carries her sleeping child while taking part in the annual Hispanic Day Parade in New York October 9, 2011.

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(Reuters) - U.S. Hispanics disapprove of President Barack Obama's stepped up deportation program by a two-to-one margin, although support for the Democrat over top Republican rivals remains strong, according to a new study.

The Obama administration deported a record 396,000 unauthorized immigrants last year, up about 7 percent on 2008, the last year Republican George W. Bush was in office.

More than half those deported were convicted criminals, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

The study by the non-partisan Pew Hispanic Center released Wednesday found 59 percent of Latinos surveyed disapproved of the way the Obama administration handles deportations.

Twenty-seven percent of the nationwide sample of 1,220 adult Latinos -- including 557 who said they were registered voters -- said they favored the policy, while 13 percent did not know or declined to answer.

Hispanics are the largest and fastest growing minority in the United States, totaling 50.5 million in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

They are an increasingly powerful bloc who supported Obama for president in 2008 by a two-to-one margin over Republican rival John McCain.

Despite rejection of his deportation program, support for Obama and the Democratic Party remains strong among Latino registered voters as he runs for reelection in 2012, the survey found.

In a hypothetical match-up against former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, Obama wins 68 percent to 23 percent among Latino registered voters.

And in a match-up against Texas Governor Rick Perry, Obama wins the Latino vote 69 percent to 23 percent, it found.

"We found that among Latino registered voters ... there's still strong support for the president and still strong party affiliation to the Democrats among Hispanic registered voters," Mark Lopez, associate director of the Pew Hispanic Center and the lead author of the study, told Reuters.

The Pew Hispanic study found two-thirds -- 67 percent -- of Hispanic registered voters say they identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party, while 20 percent said the same about the Republican Party.

When asked which party has more concern for Hispanics, 45 percent said it is the Democratic Party, while 12 percent said it is the Republican Party. The share that identifies the Republican Party as the better party for Hispanics is up six percentage points.

The study has an overall margin of error of 3.6 percentage points, with a margin of error of 5.2 percentage points in the sample of those registered to vote.

(Editing by Jerry Norton)

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Comments (3)
911014ever wrote:
of course you wouldn’t like it, if your one of the illegal!!!!!!!! i like and support all actions that will allow illegals to do the right thing and become legal citizens of the U.S. or get out. how can you think you have an opinion when you don’t even belong here.

Dec 28, 2011 2:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Majick1 wrote:
Of course they don’t like it, their plan would be to send all the citizens out of the country so there would be no more com plaints about illegals.
It is time to close the door on illegal immigrants. Some have made an effort to become a part of our society and should be granted a opportunity to continue and become true citizen; others are playing the system for all it is worth and refusing to adapt to our society and bleeding it dry with free benefits. To those I say home and stay home you are NOT wanted here, no matter where you came from.
This country was built on the blood, sweat and tears of millions of immigrants who worked diligently to become fine upstanding citizens and it is an insult to them to expect everything to be handed to you and give nothing in return.

Dec 28, 2011 3:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
HAL.9000 wrote:
Newsflash: Most potheads oppose criminalization of marijuana.

Dec 28, 2011 6:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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