As is customary for presidential candidates, Barack Obama talked about doing a lot of things during his first White House term as he crisscrossed the country in 2008. One of those things happened to be immigration reform.


Obama would put together "a recipe" for immigration reform "starting in my first year" as president, he told the Spanish language newspaper chain ImpreMedia just days before Election Day, as he called on Hispanics to vote "in record numbers."

Well, Arizona's Latinos want to see him follow through. Most will count it as a broken promise if Congress fails to pass federal immigration reform by the November elections, according to a poll conducted by Latino Decisions and released today by the Service Employees International Union and the National Council of La Raza. In November, Hispanics nationwide didn't feel that way: most thought it would be understandable if Congress didn't pass major reforms.

From the survey of 402 Arizona Latinos, margin of error +/-4.9%:

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78% say it's very important that Congress passes immigration reform.

Approval of President Obama's handling of immigration, has fallen since April. He had a +2% approval differential last month; now, he's at -8%:

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That sounds bad for the president, but keep in mind: Arizona's Latinos think worse of Republicans. 71%, in fact, think congressional Republicans are either ignoring immigration or blocking reform. Democrats are seen mostly as either ignoring or working, far less as blocking.

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