Gallup Reports 23% Plunge in U.S. Latinos’ Approval of President Obama

Dec 6, 2013
9:38 AM

U.S. Latinos’ approval of President Obama dropped 23 percentage points in one year, according to a new Gallup poll released yesterday about the President’s second-term performance assessment. Besides seeing his approval rating go from President 53% last December to 41% this November, approval by U.S. Latinos “has dropped 23 points over the last 12 months, the most among major subgroups, and nearly twice the national average.” Gallup also concluded that Obama’s “approval rating also showed above-average declines among low-income Americans, nonwhites, moderates, and moderates who identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party.”


Gallup also added this:

Hispanics’ approval ratings of Obama have shown the most variation of any group’s ratings throughout his presidency. That means their views of him are less firmly anchored than those of other groups, which may help explain why their opinions of the president soured more than any other group’s in recent months. Despite the significant decline in their approval ratings over the past 12 months, a majority of Hispanics, 52%, still approve of the job Obama is doing.

As for Gallup’s conclusions about Obama’s Latino Plunge, it added this:

The more substantial drop in Hispanics’ approval of the president may reflect, in part, the more volatile nature of their ratings. But it is also a troubling sign for the Democratic Party, given that Hispanics represent an increasingly important segment of the electorate.

For the information about U.S. Latinos, Gallup said, “For results based on the total sample of 1,185 Hispanics, the margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.” It also added this, “Interviews are conducted with respondents on landline telephones and cellular phones, with interviews conducted in Spanish for respondents who are primarily Spanish-speaking.”

Anyone want to guess what these numbers are so dismal for the President? Anyone, anyone? Bueller? Anyone want to take a guess why?

We’re wondering how people will react to this one.
By the way, for those keeping score, Obama took 71% of the U.S. Latino vote in the 2012 presidential election.