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Pew's New Latino Voters Survey: Dems Lose Support, But Keep Advantage

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An campaign worker places campaign signs outside an early voting polling site, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in San Antonio. Eric Gay / AP

Democrats have lost support among Latinos and congressional Republicans have made inroads, but Democrats still hold a wide advantage, according to a newly released Pew Research Center survey of Hispanic registered voters.

In addition, anger over the President's decision to delay executive action on immigration was confined to about a third of the Latinos surveyed.

Here are some takeaways:

On political parties:

-- In congressional races, Democrats still have solid advantage: 57 percent of Latinos said they are either supporting or leaning toward supporting the Democratic candidates; 28 percent favor the GOP. But Dems have lost support; in 2010 91 percent said they would support their Democratic congressional candidate; now it's 85 percent. Among young voters, it has gone from 63 to 50 percent.

-- Support for Republican congressional candidates is up: In 2010 only 22 percent said they would support the GOP candidates, now 28 percent say they will. Among foreign-born Latino voters, 16 percent planned to vote for a GOP candidate in 2010, now it's 28 percent.

-- As a party, Republicans have not gained supporters: Only 10 percent of Latinos say the GOP has more concern for Hispanics than Democrats.

-- A higher share of Latinos think there is no difference between the two parties, from 23 percent in 2012 to 35 percent today.

-- On economy and foreign policy, Latinos favor Democrats over Republicans, 44 percent to 36 percent and 44 percent to 32 percent, respectively.

On immigration:

-- About a third (35 percent) were either disappointed or angry about President Barack Obama's delay of executive action on immigration, but 26 percent said they were pleased or happy about it.

-- About half (54 percent) do not consider a candidate's position on the issue to be a dealbreaker when it comes to their vote.

-- Two-thirds (66 percent) say it is extremely or very important that the president and Congress pass substantive immigration legislation soon.

-- Fifty percent think the Democratic party is better on immigration, 27 percent think the GOP is better.

-- More than half (55 percent) disapprove of the way the Obama administration has handled deportations.

-- Fifty-one percent think being able to live and work without fear of deportation is more important than a pathway to citizenship. Forty percent think citizenship is more important.

On voting:

-- About half (53 percent) say they are absolutely certain they will vote this year, about the same as 2010, still less than the general population (70 percent).

-- Age and education are key factors - 63 percent of Latinos 65 and older plan to vote, as well as 65 percent of those with some college education. Less than 40 percent of Hispanics without a high school diploma are certain they will vote.

-- Only 35 percent of Latinos have given "a lot of thought" to the midterm elections.

On Obama and nation's direction:

-- Roughly half (46 percent) approve of Obama's job as president, down from 2010 when it was 58 percent.

-- Predominantly Spanish-speaking Latinos are more approving of Obama's job (61 percent) than English dominant or bilingual Latinos (49 and 45 percent).

-- About 46 percent are satisfied with the nation's direction (down from 51 percent in 2012, but up from 30 percent in 2010). Latinos are more upbeat than U.S. adults overall (only 29 percent are satisfied with the nation's direction.

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