Published June 18, 2012
Hispanic voters in states seen as key to the outcome of November's election are "very enthusiastic" about President Barack Obama's decision to suspend deportations of undocumented students, a new survey shows.
The results, released late Sunday by Latino Decisions and America's Voice, contrast with earlier polls reflecting Hispanics' unhappiness about the record 1.2 million deportations carried out by the Obama administration since taking office in January 2009.
The Democrat received two-thirds of the Hispanic vote in 2008, but a Latino Decisions/Univision News poll early this year found 53 percent of Latino voters "less enthusiastic" about Obama than they had been in 2009.
Asked about the change in deportation policy, 49 percent of Latino voters said it made them "more enthusiastic" about the president, while only 14 percent disapproved of the new approach.
"The announcement on June 15 appears to have clearly erased Obama's enthusiasm deficit among Latinos," America's Voice and Latino Decisions said.
The latest survey was carried out June 12-16 among 775 Latino registered voters in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Virginia.
Officials estimate that some 800,000 young people stand to benefit from the administration's new policy, which effectively blocks deportation of law-abiding undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.
The Pew Hispanic Center, however, says that up to 1.4 million people may be able to avoid deportation. EFE