Poll: Republicans need to pass – not just support – immigration reform, Latinos say

NBC Latino

Even with more and more prominent Republicans actively supporting immigration reform, the party risks turning off even more Latino voters than in 2012 if conservative Republicans block immigration legislation this year, finds a new Latino Decisions/impreMedia poll.  Forty one percent of registered Latino voters said they would have a more negative view of the Republican party if some Republicans worked to defeat the immigration bill, even if the party has made inroads with Hispanic voters and some Republicans have been supporting this legislation.

“The GOP gets no political boost for bipartisan support on the bill if Republicans sabotage it,” said Latino Decisions political scientist Matt Barreto, who discussed the poll’s findings.

The poll also found 39 percent of Latinos said their image of Republicans would remain the same, and 18 percent said it would be more favorable.

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