06/25/2012 10:24 am ET Updated Jun 25, 2012

Latino Voters Don't Care About Immigration Above All Else: Poll

Latino voters count immigration as the third most important issue, behind health care and unemployment, according to a poll out on Monday from Gallup.

The poll, like many before it, showed that most Latino voters do not care about immigration above all other political concerns. Out of six issues, plus "no opinion" and "other," 21 percent of Latino registered voters say health care is their top issue, followed by unemployment at 19 percent and immigration at 12 percent.

Among Hispanics in general, the breakdown of issues is somewhat different. Immigration ties with health care and unemployment, each of which received 20 percent of voters.

The poll comes 10 days after President Obama announced that his administration would halt deportation of some undocumented young people, if they met requirements such as coming to the United States as children and attending school or joining the military. Polling out last week found that a majority of Latino voters are more enthusiastic about the president following the decision, and that most of Americans on the whole support the change in policy.

The Gallup poll was based on interviews with 1,753 Latino adults, including 1,005 registered voters. Those interviews were conducted between April 16 and May 13, two days before Obama's directive on deportations.

Regardless of that decision, the poll found that Obama continues to hold a major lead over presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Two-thirds of registered Latino voters say they are leaning toward voting for Obama -- only 25 percent say they would choose Romney.



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