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Fewer than half of Latinos support Obamacare or a path to citizenship

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Conn Carroll

According to the Republican National Committee, Republicans must grant the 11 million illegal immigrants currently living in the United States citizenship if they want to win any future elections. And according to Mitt Romney, he lost the 2012 election because Latinos love Obamacare.

Both of these beliefs are not supported by recent polling.

According to a Pew Research Center poll released last week, just 49 percent of Hispanics believe those currently living in the United States illegally should be allowed to become citizens. A whopping 80 percent of Hispanics do believe that illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the U.S., but many of them also believe granting them permanent residency would be a more acceptable outcome.

And The Los Angeles Times reports today that while just 19 percent of Latinos have an unfavorable view of Obamacare, another 32 percent don’t know how they feel about the law. That means just 48 percent of Latinos have a favorable opinion of Obamacare.

A path to citizenship and Obamacare are popular among Latinos, but neither enjoys the support of a majority of Latinos. There is simply no need for Republicans to grant citizenship to illegal immigrants or cave on Obamacare in order to be competitive among Hispanic voters.

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