By Laurel Morales, Fronteras Desk
Sixty percent of Latinos polled in election battleground states say they are “very enthusiastic” about voting in the presidential election.
The poll was conducted last week in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Virginia.
Typically in a presidential election about one-third of Latinos registered to vote actually do.
More than half of registered Latinos polled said they know an illegal immigrant -- either someone in their family or a close friend. About a third said they know someone who was questioned by police, detained or deported.
"This is an extremely personal issue that Latinos are facing on this immigration debate that is unfolding," said Matt Barreto, founder of Latino Decisions, which conducted the poll.
"They're perhaps the best polling outfit researching Latino behavior in the country," said Stephen Nuño, a political science professor at Northern Arizona University who tracks Latino Decisions polls. "I would pay attention to what they have to say."
The researchers polled 2,000 registered Latinos in the five battleground states.