Saturday, November 10, 2012

Immigration policy and the election, in two graphs

Advisers to Mitt Romney have attributed their candidate’s loss on Tuesday at least in part to the hard-line stance on immigration policy they felt he was forced to take during the Republican primaries. As polling from Latino Decisions indicates, that policy really did tarnish Romney’s image among Latino voters considerably. 57 percent felt less enthusiastic about him as a result:

By contrast, President Obama’s “deferred action” policy of allowing certain undocumented immigrants under the age of 30 to avoid deportation and apply for work permits boosted his appeal among Latino voters, and by an almost identical margin. 58 percent of Latino voters said the policy made them more enthusiastic about President Obama: