Latino Decisions and impreMedia will be releasing data from a new survey focused on the Latino electorate’s attitudes and experiences with immigration policy on Thursday, June 9, 2011. The June survey is the third of six monthly tracking polls in 2011. impreMedia is the leading Hispanic News and Information Company in the U.S. in Online and Print. impreMedia’s multi-platform offerings range from Online to Video, Social Media, Mobile, Audio, Newspapers and Magazines, including the www.impre.com portal. 25.5% of all U.S. Hispanic adults use an impreMedia network product. Its leading publications include La Opinión in Los Angeles and El Diario in New York.
The Latino Decisions Tracking Poll was launched in 2010 during the midterm election and is the only on-going political tracking poll of Latino registered voters in the nation. In partnership with impreMedia, we will continue the poll through 2011 as Latino voters assess the new Congress, the President and the most important issues leading up to the 2012 presidential election.
With the recent push from President Obama to address immigration reform, this policy area has dominated public discourse and is the primary policy agenda being debated within congress and across many state legislatures. It is therefore an ideal time to capture the views of the electorate toward immigration and immigrants. The Latino electorate’s attitudes are particularly important, as Latino Decisions polls have consistently indicated that immigration is a high priority among Latino voters that is likely to drive Latino voting behavior in 2012.
An extensive list of immigration-policy questions were fielded, and among the results to be released on Thursday are:
_How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing handling immigration reform?
_From what you have heard, during the last year, do you think (Democrats/Republicans) in the U.S. Congress were: Ignoring or avoiding the issue of immigration reform, Working on passing immigration reform, or Opposing or blocking immigration reform?
_Thinking about the current immigration situation in the U.S., who do you trust more to make the right decisions when it comes to immigration policy? Would you say you have more confidence in President Obama and the Democrats, or the Republicans?
_ Do you know of any person or family member who has faced detention or deportation for immigration reasons?
_ During the 2008 election Barack Obama promised to pass immigration reform that provided a pathway to citizenship. In 2009 he said he would pass immigration reform during his first year in office, but immigration reform was never passed. Do you think immigration reform failed to pass because President Obama did not push hard enough to get it passed; OR because Republicans in the Congress blocked efforts to pass reforms?
_ Recently, President Obama hosted 3 meetings on immigration reform with community leaders, outlined a plan for reform, and gave a speech in which he said – It is time for Democrats and Republicans in the Congress to join me in passing immigration reform. Which comes closer to your view? The president is serious about trying to pass immigration reform in the next two years; OR: the president is just saying what Hispanics want to hear because the election is approaching?
_Currently, many states across the country are considering a number of different policies related to immigration. Please tell me whether you approve or disapprove of the following policies:
• A law which would require state and local police to check on immigration status
• A law that would state only the federal government can check immigration status, and block state and local police from checking immigration status
• Allowing undocumented immigrant children who graduate from high school to qualify for in-state tuition rates if they attend college
• Blocking undocumented immigrant children who graduate from high school from attending state colleges or universities
• Declaring English the official language
• Requiring state and local governments to provide documents in both English and Spanish if requested
• Prevent anyone who is undocumented from obtaining a state drivers license
• Require all drivers to be licensed and purchase auto insurance
_ Some people have said that there seem to be a lot of anti-immigrant, and even anti-Latino statements, policies and attitudes surfacing in the last year; while other people have said this is politics as usual and no such anti-immigrant environment exists today. Do you feel as though an anti-immigrant or anti-Latino environment exists today, or not?