Immigration Turns Latinos Against GOP

Poll shows wide racial divide over immigration

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted May 26, 2010 11:10 AM CDT

(Newser) – You know that Latino blowback Republicans have been bracing for regarding immigration? It's here. According to a new NBC/Telemundo poll, only 22% of Latinos have a favorable view of the Grand Old Party, compared to 37% of whites. You can chalk that divide up in part to the immigration debate, which has driven a wedge between whites and Latinos. Among whites, for example, 70% support Arizona's immigration law, compared to 31% of Latinos.

“The gap between whites and Hispanic Americans is substantial,” says one pollster. Latinos give President Obama a much higher approval rating (54%) than whites (34%). And 58% said they trusted Democrats to protect the interests of minorities, to only 11% who said that of Republicans. But the GOP's hawkish stance has advantages, too. Suburban white women, for example, generally lean Democrat, but strongly support Arizona's law. If I were a GOP strategist “I know where I'm putting my mail money,” another pollster said.

Victor Tovar of Los Angeles rallies during a march for federal immigration reform and protest against Arizona's controversial immigration law, in Los Angeles Saturday, May 1, 2010.
Victor Tovar of Los Angeles rallies during a march for federal immigration reform and protest against Arizona's controversial immigration law, in Los Angeles Saturday, May 1, 2010.   (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)
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