June 08, 2012 at 2:15 pm
According to a new Latino Decisions poll released Friday, voters prefer the full Dream Act to the stripped down version Sen. Marco Rubio has been crafting. The survey found 87% of Latinos strongly or somewhat strongly supported the full version, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, while 47 percent like Rubio’s plan.
Among non-Latinos, 62 percent like the full Dream Act, while 47 percent like Rubio’s alternate Dream Act, which would give some children of illegal immigrants non-immigrant visas but not a path to citizenship. Durbin’s version provides a pathway to citizenship for the children of immigrants living in the country illegally provided they are either working toward completing a college degree or are serving in the armed forces.
The same poll found that President Obama continues to trounce Mitt Romney among Latino voters. The poll shows Obama leading Romney 66 percent to 23 percent among Hispanics nationwide. The results are similar to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll released in May that had Obama leading Romney 61 percent to 27 percent among Latinos.
The poll comes after a week of Romney trying to woo Hispanic voters. On Tuesday, the former Massachusetts governor delivered a speech to Latino businessmen in Texas, promising that as president he would “make sure this economy is good for all Americans, Hispanics and otherwise.” His campaign also released a Spanish web video attacking Obama over the high unemployment rate. On Wednesday, Romney announced a list of several prominent Latinos who will lead his Hispanic Steering Committee.
The Latino Decisions poll was conducted between May 24 and June 4 among 609 adult Hispanics and 500 non-Hispanics. It has a margin of error of 3.9 percent for Hispanics and 4.4 percent among non-Hispanics.