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63% of Hispanics Approve of Obama’s Handling of Immigration.
According to a new survey by the Pew Research Center and USA TODAY, Obama’s job rating is up markedly over the past year among Hispanics. In the last quarter of 2011, just 48% of Hispanics nationwide approved, and 39% disapproved, of Obama’s job in office. This coincided with a period in which awareness and concern about the Obama administration’s record on deportations ran high among Hispanics. Since then, approval among Hispanics has risen steadily. By the end of 2012, Hispanic approval had risen to 75%, and has held at 73% so far in the first quarter of 2013. By contrast, among whites, Obama’s job rating has improved slightly since 2011, from 36% to 41%. And among blacks, Obama’s approval rating has remained steady (currently 88% approve).
On immigration, there has been a complete turnaround in how Hispanics view Obama’s handling of the issue. Today, more approve than disapprove by a 63% to 27% margin. In November 2011, that margin was reversed: 28% of Hispanics approved of the job Obama was doing on immigration policy while 59% disapproved. Overall, the general public is split on how the president is handling immigration policy——44% approve of how Obama is handling the issue compared with 43% who disapprove. However, approval is up 12 points from November 2011 and marks the first time in Obama’s presidency that disapproval has not outweighed approval on immigration, a change driven in large part by improved ratings from Hispanics.
The report, “If No Deal is Struck, Four-in-Ten Say Let the Sequester Happen,” is available at the Pew Research Center’s website, www.pewresearch.org.
Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan source of data and analysis. It does not take advocacy positions. Its Hispanic Center, founded in 2001, seeks to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos’ growing impact on the nation.