President Obama, who has always done well with Latinos, has seen his level of support from the community pushed to a new high. According to a national poll from Latino Decisions, President Obama is now winning an incredible 70 percent of the Latino vote compared to Romney who is only getting 22 percent. From Latino Decisions:
We are seeing the ramifications of the recent Republican policy shift on all matters immigration. Latino voters have traditionally favored Democrats, but not long ago both parties at least made real efforts to try to win over this voting group. It was just five years ago that George W. Bush did a lot of outreach to Latinos and even made a real push for comprehensive immigration reform.
In the past few years though, there has been a momentous policy shift from the GOP. Republicans have pushed tough anti-immigration laws in the states, while on the national level the GOP has turned against even the popular DREAM Act. The idea of Republicans actually pushing comprehensive immigration reform now seems almost unimaginable. Mitt Romney has taken a hard stance against illegal immigration, going so far as to refuse to even say if he will maintain Obama’s new policy of allowing children to stay in the country.
While President Obama has made some moves to appeal to Latinos, the polling shift seems to be as much a reflection of Republicans effectively ceding the group as opposed to Democrats doing a great job of winning them over.