Latinos disapprove by a margin of more than two-to-one of the way the Obama administration is handling deportations of unauthorized immigrants, according to a new national survey of Latino adults by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center. The survey also reveals that heading into the 2012 presidential campaign, Obama and the Democratic Party continue to enjoy strong support from Latino registered voters, despite a decline in Obama’s job approval rating.
Deportations have reached record levels under President Obama, rising to an annual average of nearly 400,000 since 2009, about 30% higher than annual average during the second term of the Bush administration and about double the annual average during George W. Bush’s first term.
Not all Latinos are aware that the Obama administration has stepped up deportations of unauthorized immigrants. A plurality (41%) of Latinos say that the Obama administration is deporting more unauthorized immigrants than the Bush administration. Slightly more than a third (36%) say the two administrations have deported about the same number of immigrants. And one-in-ten (10%) Latinos say the Obama administration has deported fewer unauthorized immigrants than the Bush administration.
Read the full report for more information on these subjects:
- Recent trends in U.S. immigration enforcement
- Awareness and views of immigrant deportations
- Views of immigration policy
- Dissatisfaction with the nation’s direction
- Latinos and the 2012 presidential election
- Views of the political parties and party identification