GOP gains on Dems among Hispanics

Congressional Republicans have gained six points on Democrats among likely Latino voters according to a new Pew Research Center poll.

Twenty-eight percent of registered Hispanic voters favor or lean towards supporting the Republican congressional candidate, up from 22 percent in 2010.

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Fifty-seven percent favor or lean towards favoring the Democratic candidate in their district, but that is down from 65 percent in 2010.

The shift comes after the Senate approved an immigration bill, which then stalled in the GOP-dominated House.

The White House says President Obama will take executive action on immigration after the midterm elections. Obama angered immigration activists by deciding to punt any executive actions to after Nov. 4.

Of the Latino registered voters who had heard about Obama's decision, a greater share said that they were either disappointed or angry about it than had reacted positively.

Just less than half of the Hispanic registered voters polled by Pew said that a candidate’s opposition to immigration reform was a deal breaker when they went to the polls — assuming they agreed with the candidate on most other issues.

Still, two-thirds said that the issue was extremely important or very important to them.

Latino registered voters were also more likely to blame congressional Republicans for the failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform than they were likely to blame congressional Democrats or Obama.

The importance of the Latino vote has only grown as the Hispanic population in the United States has expanded. Latinos were part of the broad coalition that swept President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaFrench president sets red line on Syria chemical weapons Perez: Honor the fallen by helping veterans EPA chief puts new spotlight on cleanup program MORE to reelection in 2012, and Republicans have said that they must do better among Hispanic voters.

The poll was conducted from Sept. 11 to Oct. 9. It surveyed 1,520 Latino adults, of which 733 were registered voters. The interviews took place in English and Spanish on mobile and landline phones. The margin of error for the poll was plus or minus 3 percentage points.