Obama’s Popularity Among Hispanic Voters Appears to be Slipping

August 26, 2011 05:18

The economy has replaced immigration as the key issue for Hispanics.

By Richard Wolf at The Americano

A poll conducted in late July and early August in 21 states with the largest Hispanic populations by impreMedia/Latino Decisions showed Obama with a 63% approval rate. That’s down from 68% in June and 73% in April.

Only 38% of the 500 registered voters polled said they were certain to vote for Obama next year, down from 49% in June.

However, the poll was conducted from July 30 to Aug. 9, before the Department of Homeland Security announced a policy on deportation of illegal immigrants. The policy, largely favored by Hispanic advocacy groups, will focus more on people with criminal records.

Obama received 68% of the Latino vote in his 2008 race against Republican John McCain, helping him win key swing states such as Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico in McCain’s backyard. He will need to keep most if not all of those states in his column in order to win re-election in 2012.

The poll showed that the economy has replaced immigration as the key issue for Hispanics. They, like many Americans, were put off by the battle over the nation’s debt ceiling and deficit reduction that concluded in early August.

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