Looks like the Mitt Romney campaign may have a chance to earn hispanic support, according to a new Gallup poll.
Twenty percent of U.S. Hispanic registered voters say that their most important issue is healthcare, followed by unemployment (19 percent), economic growth (17 percent) and the gap between rich and poor (16 percent).
Only 12 percent of Latino participants chose immigration as their most important issue.
This is great news for Romney, who has based the entire Latino branch of his campaign on the idea that Latinos will be more drawn to the prospect of a good economy than to the prospect of liberal immigration policies.
“The Hispanic community has been especially hard-hit by President Obama’s policies,” said the Romney campaign in a press release announcing the initiation of Romney’s hispanic campaign, Juntos Con Romney. “Instead of spurring economic growth and creating jobs, President Obama has only expanded government and hurt job creation. We need a leader who will bring back jobs, help small businesses, and ensure that the American Dream remains for future generations.”
A poll released by USA Today shows that this might ring true for younger, second-generation Hispanics, as they tend to care less about immigration than their parents and are generally more open to adopting conservative views of government.
Nevertheless, the high polling statistics on the healthcare issue could cause a big problem for the Romney campaign. He was booed in Florida last Thursday when he told a Hispanic audience about his plans to abolish Obamacare.
At the moment, Romney may have a small “in” with U.S. Hispanics, but it will only last if he plays his cards right.