A Gallup pollreleased Friday shows that while President Obama still retains an 89 percent approval rating among African Americans, he has been losing ground with Hispanics.
Fifty-two percent of Hispanics currently approve of the job the president is doing, compared to 42 percent of all adults surveyed.
However, Hispanics’ approval of President Obama was more than 20 points higher than the national average during the 2012 election cycle. In just two years, it has slipped to 10 points above the national average.
“The significant uptick in Hispanics’ approval at the time of the 2012 election, and the subsequent significant drop, may reflect unfulfilled promises that Obama made during the campaign about immigration reform,” wrote Gallup editor-in-chief Frank Newport.
During Obama’s presidency, his approval rating among Hispanics has ranged from a high of 82 percent in 2009 to a low of 48 percent in 2011. This 34-point spread remains the widest variation among major racial groups.
And although Democrats hold an approximate 2-to-1 advantage over Republicans when it comes to Hispanic voters, 22 percent of Hispanicsidentify as “pure” independents, a February 2013 Gallup poll found.