Support among Latino voters for President Obama, his immigration policies, and Democrats in the House jumped significantly after the June 15 announcement that the federal government would stop deporting young illegal immigrants, according to a survey released on Wednesday.
In a conference call announcing the latest results from a poll of Latino voters in five key battleground states, there was a "very visible" shift in the data after the Homeland Security Department announcement, suggesting that it did indeed boost Latino support for Obama, said Matt Barreto, principal at Latino Decisions, which conducted the survey in partnership with the left-leaning organization America's Voice.
The poll interviewed 2000 eligible Latino voters divided among Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Virginia between June 12 and 21. The weeklong sampling included respondents who answered questions before and after the DHS announcement.
Before June 15, there was an even split among Latino voters polled, 45 percent to 42 percent, with the slight majority saying they approved of Obama's immigration policies. After June 15, support for his policies rose to 61 percent, versus 30 percent who disapproved.
The aftereffects of Obama's announcement also translated into support for the House, with 59 percent saying they would be inclined to vote Democratic, and 22 percent leaning Republican. This was about a 10 percent increase in support for the Democrats after June 15, the survey found.