Politic365

 
 


Polls

5:00pm November 23, 2011

Latinos Down on Obama – What Else is New?

Border Patrol Agents Monitor US-Mexico Border

Earlier this week there was a piece over at Politico about Obama’s poll numbers  with Hispanics.

Surprise: he’s not doing too well! His approval rating is in the 40’s! The extended recession had made Latinos more cynical!

None of this was news and despite the fact that a couple of other political news outlets ran with the Lake Research story on Latinos I refused to bite.

Why?

Shouldn’t diminishing excitement from Latino voters be the hottest story on the political presses a year out from what is likely going to be an incredibly tough election? No, it shouldn’t and last night’s Republican debate is the main reason why.

All polls are not created equal and polling about the president always has to be viewed in context. Meaning, it really doesn’t matter that much if his approval ratings amongst Latinos drops unless there is an equal shift in support in favor of the Republican Party – or, more specifically, a Republican candidate.

When you look at last night’s GOP debate on National Security no Democrat should be all that concerned about where the Latino vote will go. A significant portion of the debate was focused on immigration as a national security issue. That in and of itself is one of the reasons why the GOP continues to get the side-eye from Latinos.

Most Democrats and Independents consider immigration to be a domestic policy or an economics issues, and when Mexican immigrants coming into the U.S. is linked with the notion of threat, which is inherent when it’s mentioned in the context of national security, it brings forth a whole bunch of other racial and social bugaboos that make Latino voters nervous. Consider this: The Biggest story from last night’s debate was Newt suggesting that dragging every single illegal back to Mexico might not be the wisest thing for the party to do. Rick Perry got gutted for saying something similar a few months back, and tongues are wagging today as to whether Gingrich will face any blowback for his stance.

This is the inherent GOP problem with Latino voters. When there are serious political consequences for suggesting that splitting up families that have been living in America for 20 years is not a good idea, your primary constituency and your general election constituency clearly do not see eye to eye. So, bring on more bad polling for Obama, it may eventually cut into the turnout levels for him in crucial swing states but when it comes to actual Latinos going to the polls to support him, the GOP doesn’t seem to have much to offer just yet.

Dr. Jason Johnson, Politic365 Chief Political Correspondent, is a professor of Political Science at Hiram College in Ohio and author of the book Political Consultants and Campaigns: One Day to Sell. You can read more at www.drjasonjohnson.com or follow him on Twitter @Drjasonjohnson



About the Author

Jason Johnson
Jason Johnson





 
 

 
9171324118_e40fd1a828_b

New Report: Latinos are 4% of guests on Sunday shows

Media Matters released a new report this week showing that in the first 18 weeks of 2015, Latinos were four percent of guests on the English-language Sunday shows, which is a decline from 42 percent during the last few months o...
by Adriana Maestas
0

 
 
#committedtocommunity-rnc-2016

GOP Looking to Prove It’s #CommittedToCommunity with New Outreach Effort

Earlier this week, the Republican National Committee launched a first of its kind effort to meet Black Americans (and would be voters) where they are by partnering with Radio One for #CommittedToCommunity: Engage, Empower, Upli...
by Politic365 Staff
0

 
 
TRG-001_Web-Scroll_0727_10

Shot Clock Ticking for Environmental Establishment: Show Me Your Diversity!

“The overall environmental movement is incredibly diverse. The mainstream environmental movement isn’t,” said Danielle Deane, Executive Director of Green 2.0, an initiative dedicated to increasing racial diver...
by Kristal High
0

 

Advertisement
 
17809592206_77f6bca011_k

Jeb Bush touts support for border security and path to legal status for undocumented

On Wednesday, at a campaign event in New Hampshire, Jeb Bush played up his border security plans when asked about the recent remarks GOP presidential hopeful and real estate mogul Donald Trump has been making about Mexican immi...
by Adriana Maestas
0

 
 
stock-footage-keyboard-typing-silhouette-a-silhouette-of-hands-in-front-of-a-window-typing-on-a-black-computer

For Expanded Opportunity, Lifeline Program Must Cover Broadband

It’s widely accepted that the combination of broadband and digital technology can be a great equalizer that connects society’s have-nots with vast opportunities for greater knowledge, better jobs, and higher incomes.  But ...
by Guest Contributor
1

 




One Comment


  1. DanFranco

    Dem. party portrays themselves as the good party protectors and looking out for everyone.

    Especially Latinos, have not seen such discrimination, persecution, and, been ignored as in the Obama administration. Obama has put artists like Shakira, the Estefans, and few others well known in the Latino community, in representative positions to appear as if anything is being done to help Latino community, while calling deported parents "criminals".

    Obama is a watered-down version of the Castro gimmicks to keep the people supporting him.
    2012 election calls for Latinos to get involved, informed, and ask questions.
    Better to vote for someone -any other party- who will challenge Latinos to work hard toward better immigration laws, then give Obama a 2nd chance to divide the country, and promote more hatred among the American people in general.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>