President Obama’s new move to help undocumented children may already be paying off serious political dividends. The policy change is extremely popular with likely voters. From a Bloomberg poll:
President Barack Obama is winning the opening round in the battle over immigration, according to a Bloomberg poll released today, putting Republicans on the defensive with his decision to end the deportations of some illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children,
Sixty-four percent of likely voters surveyed after Obama’s June 15 announcement said they agreed with the policy, while 30 percent said they disagreed. Independents backed the decision by better than a two-to-one margin.
This move is effectively a political hat trick for the Obama team.
First, the policy is popular in general, as we see from the poll. Looking at the strong support from independents, it is unlikely the move cost Obama any swing voters.
Second, the policy change has clearly helped to excite an important part of his coalition, Hispanics. While it is unlikely to sway a large segment of voters, it could definitely make a difference in that community.
Finally it has put his opponent Mitt Romney is a serious political bind that should help push Hispanics even further towards Obama. The way Romney was awkwardly unable to answer a simple question about it on Face the Nation this Sunday was almost painful to watch.