Gallup released a new poll last week showing that Latinos identify more with the Democratic Party by a margin of 2-1. For Latinos who were born in the U.S. with both parents born in the U.S., 64% preferred the Democrats, while 30% leaned Republican, and 6% identified as Independent. The group that identified most with being Independent were Latinos who were born outside of the U.S. at 16%, but this group still maintained strong ties to the Democrats. As Latinos become more Americanized, it seems that their identification with the Democrats solidifies.
One interesting data point is that Latinos who were born outside of the U.S. give President Obama a higher approval rating. 79% of Latinos who were born outside of the U.S. approve of President Obama’s job performance, while of those born in the U.S. with either one or both parents born outside of the country give the President a 60% approval rating and those who are born here with parents who were born here give the President a 59% approval rating. This is interesting because President Obama has been tough on the immigrant community, setting records for deportations in his administration. Following that same theme, the poll showed that Latinos who were born outside of the U.S. were more satisfied with the way things are going in the country than their counterparts who are more rooted in the country.
This data basically confirms what earlier polls have determined. Back in February, the Pew Research Center found that the children of Latino immigrants were more likely to favor the Democratic Party.