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September 07, 2011

Obama’s Job Approval Drops Below 50% with Hispanics

Posted in: 2012 election

President Barack Obama Job Approval by Race
According to Gallup, President Obama’s job approval number has dipped below 50 percent among Hispanics for the first time in his presidency. This year’s decline¬† is steep, having gone from 60 percent approval in January to only 48 percent approval now. From Gallup:

While blacks and Hispanics both expressed significantly higher-than-average approval for Obama throughout 2009 and most of 2010, Hispanics’ approval has been moving progressively closer to the national average and is now only single digits above it. Whites’ approval has consistently remained about eight points below the national average. As a result, blacks have become an extreme outlier — the only major racial group showing well-above-average approval.

At only 33 percent job approval, Obama is pretty close to his floor among white people.  His job approval numbers there will likely remain high among African Americans, but among Hispanics, there is still potential for Obama to drop even more.

A desire to stem this sharp decline probably had a lot to do with the Obama administration’s decision three weeks ago to adopt a new deportation policy.

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