Presidential Polls 2012: Obama Holds 50 Point Lead Among Latinos, But They Should Consider Voting Republican

The Real Clear Politics average of Latino vote shows that President Obama has a 52-point lead over former Governor Romney among this crucial demographic. That’s the largest Democratic advantage among Latinos ever recorded.

Just eight years ago, President Bush’s 40% of the Latino vote was a significant part of both his comfortable Electoral College win and his sizeable advantage in the popular vote over Senator John Kerry.   

Without a doubt, President Obama’s Executive Dream Order played a role in this year’s lopsided Latino voter preference. But former Governor Romney’s primary debate comments about self-deportation surely contributed at least as many votes. 

But Latino voters, there is a risk in going all in for one political party. You may be taken for granted. Latinos risk the promise of immigration reform becoming just one more safe bi-annual political promise used like “ a woman’s right to choose” to elicit an expected response with no intention of follow through.  

Over the last four elections, immigration reform has become more a political wedge issue than a commitment to real reform. Since President Bush tried to find a bi-partisan compromise prior to the 2006 mid-term elections; has there been a single comprehensive immigration bill introduced in Congress or a specific proposal even discussed? When immigration reform has been included in the State of the Union message, it has focused on Ph.D. candidates and not on the mass of Latinos living on the fringes of American society.  

Then, there are the rumblings of economic competition coming from other ethnic groups that Democrats consider their base. If immigration reform reached the floor of Congress before the 2014 election, could you count on the support of all Democratic members? And what incentives are you offering Republicans for taking the risky vote to support reform? 

Last, consider history. It was Republican President Reagan who supported and signed Simpson/Mazzolii Immigration Reform in 1986. The two sitting Latino Governors, Susana Martinez (New Mexico) and Brian Sandoval (Nevada) could not have been elected without the support of Latino voters. Now that you’ve helped them get elected, shouldn’t you be equally committed to insuring their success because it is, also, your success – economically, educationally and socially?

Latinos, like all Americans, have too much at stake to be lured by the siren promises of a single political wedge issue. Your votes are a valuable commodity and it’s up to you to make both parties fight for your vote – just as you did in 2000 and 2004.  

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Joyce Cordi

Joyce Stoer Cordi is the publisher of Reimage America (www.reimagineamerica.org), a blog/podcast that focuses on the Business of Government based her on 30 years experience in enterprise transformation. Its all about strategy, planning and execution. She has touched almost every major business segment in the 21st century economy and worked with a variety of clients ranging from mature, multi-national Fortune 50/500/1000 companies to embryonic start-ups -- improving their bottom-lines by +/- $1B. She has been active in civic affairs, non-partisan and partisan politics since childhood. Joyce walked her first precinct as a Youth for Kennedy, while still in high school. She was a candidate for Congress from California’s 15th Congressional District in 2008. Her campaign urged voters TO FIRE CONGRESS, and, then, elect more business people and fewer lawyers to US Congress and the California State Legislature. A native Californian, Joyce is a long-time proponent of environmental protections – believing that it is not inconsistent for business to be ethical, responsible, and profitable – simultaneously. To learn more about The Business of Government and Joyce's approach to making government smarter, quicker, cheaper and smaller; visit www.reimagineamerica.org

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