Photo: Obama and the Latino Voter in 2012
A recent Ipsos-Telemundo Poll indicates that just over half of U.S Hispanic adults (56%) approve the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President while 35 percent disapprove of it.
While still a majority, the proportion of Hispanics who approve of how President Obama is handling his job keeps shrinking. An Ipsos-Telemundo Poll released in June 2011, found that Obama’s approval was at 62% at the time, already considerably lower than the 86% who approved back in April of 2009 – when the President marked his first 100 days in office. Overall, the President’s approval rating among Hispanics has dropped 30 points since April, 2009.
While President Obama’s approval ratings among Hispanics continue to be higher than among the U.S public at large (56% vs. 47%), the gap between both audiences narrowed by three percentage points since June 2011 (62% vs. 50%, respectively), and by 14 percentage points when compared to April 2009 (86% vs. 63%). The gap between Hispanics who approve of President Obama, and adults from the general public who do so, has reduced from 23 points in April 2009, to 12 points in June 2011, to just nine points in December, 2011.
These results suggest that while President Obama’s approval has been dropping since he took office, the disillusion among Hispanics is more pronounced than among the general public.