A candidate's immigration stance most important for Hispanic voters, Republicans

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A new poll finds that a candidate's stance on immigration is most important for Hispanic and Republican voters—though these voting blocs are likely seeking very different stances on the issue.

According to Gallup, 20% of registered voters in the United States say that they will only cast a ballot in the 2016 presidential election for a candidate who plans to implement their preferred immigration policy. A greater 27% of Republicans report the same, as do 25% of Hispanic and 24% of non-Hispanic black voters.


Unsurprisingly, 28% of voters born outside the U.S. say that they will only vote for a candidate who shares their views on immigration, and 27% of second-generation voters report that they feel the same way.

More surprising is Gallup's finding that current GOP frontrunner Donald Trump has not significantly elevated the issue of immigration, despite his nonstop Trumping. Before he entered the presidential race, 6% of voters viewed immigration as the most important issue facing the nation; Gallup reports that only 8% of voters now say that it is.

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