Five swing states could be heavily influenced by Hispanic voters this November, and in the wake of the the Supreme Court health-care decision, recent polling indicates their support will bolster President Obama for a second time.
One day after the Court’s decision came down on June 28, mostly upholding Obamacare, 60 percent of registered Hispanic voters said they preferred government-ensured health care over a private option in a Latino Decisions poll.
With a vote of 5-4, the Supreme Court upheld The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which requires, among other things, that all individuals and groups in the U.S. gain or retain health care.
Just one week prior to the Supreme Court ruling, a June 22 poll of registered Hispanic voters showed Obama retaining a hefty lead over Romney with the Hispanics in each of the five most competitive states this November that have high numbers of Hispanic residents: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Virginia. The group’s view of President Obama has continued to improve.
The surge in support is partially due to President Obama’s new policy which, like DREAM Act would, temporarily removes the threat of deportation to illegal immigrants who entered the country as minors.
The increasing Hispanic support comes at a time when the population is surging not only in those five swing states, but throughout the nation as a whole. A total of 16.7 percent of Americans are Hispanic, a number that has dramatically increased in the last decade.
According to the U.S. Census, 20.9 percent of registered voters in the state of Colorado are Hispanics. A Latino Decisions study released on June 27 states that, of those Hispanics polled, “60% know an undocumented immigrant.” This is the highest percentage recorded next to Nevada.
Despite those numbers, Mitt Romney’s campaign is not relinquishing the Hispanic population to Obama. Romney’s campaign has spent far less than Obama thus far, but many expect that margin to shrink as the general election heats up.