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Obama Wrong For Hispanic Americans

- September 28, 2011

As Obama Struggles To Reinvigorate His Base, His Support Among Hispanics Has Deflated

“On Wednesday, September 28th, President Obama Will Address Questions From Latinos Across The Country At 'Open For Questions With President Obama', A Live Webcast Direct From The White House Map Room.” (“GET INVOLVED: Open For Questions With President Obama,” The Huffington Post9/21/11)

OBAMA’S HISPANIC SUPPORT HAS COLLAPSED…

“Despite Launching His Presidency With A Large Majority Of Hispanics Approving Of His Job Performance, Along With Most Blacks, Obama Has Seen Significant Erosion In Hispanics' Support.” (Lydia Saad, “Obama Approval Sinks To New Lows Among Whites, Hispanics,” Gallup, 9/7/11)

Only 48 Percent Of Hispanics Approve Of The Job Obama Has Done As President. “Just 48 percent of Hispanics approve of the job Obama has done, while 37 percent disapprove. This is down from a 60 percent approval rating as recently as January, an erosion that came later than his slipping numbers with Anglo voters.” (Cameron Joseph, “Obama’s Hispanic Support Collapses,” The Hill, 9/8/11)

“Obama’s Approval Rating Among Hispanics Is Now Just Seven Points Higher Than It Is Among The General Public In Gallup Data, A Major Decline From Earlier In His Term.” “In recent Gallup polling, his approval rating among Latinos dipped to 48 percent — the lowest mark of his presidency and a significant drop-off from the 60 percent approval among the group he carried as recently as January. Obama’s approval rating among Hispanics is now just seven points higher than it is among the general public in Gallup data, a major decline from earlier in his term.” (Chris Cillizza, “With Hispanic Support For Obama Waning, Could Latino Vote Be Up For Grabs In 2012?,” The Washington Post’s The Fix,” 9/18/11)

“This Trend Should Worry Obama: Hispanics Are The Largest And Fastest-Growing Minority Group In The Country, And There Are High Numbers Of Hispanic Voters In Swing States.” “This trend should worry Obama: Hispanics are the largest and fastest-growing minority group in the country, and there are high numbers of Hispanic voters in swing states including New Mexico, Florida, Colorado, Nevada and even Virginia.” (Cameron Joseph, “Obama’s Hispanic Support Collapses,” The Hill, 9/8/11)

After Losing His Job, Joe Marquez, Who Voted For Obama, Is “Disappointed” And Starting To “Wonder.” “‘I voted for Obama, but the more time goes by the more I wonder,’ Marquez said without finishing the thought. ‘I got laid off for the first time in my life. I'm just disappointed.’” (Laura Myers, “Republicans, Democrats Working For Hispanic Votes,” Las Vegas-Review Journal, 9/25/11)

…BECAUSE OF THE CONSISTENT FAILURE OF HIS ECONOMIC POLICIES

Since President Obama Took Office, The Unemployment Rate For Hispanics Has Increased From 9.9 Percent To 11.3 Percent, Nearly 25 Percent Higher Than The National Average. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 9/26/11)

  • Since President Obama Took Office, 400,000 More Hispanics Are Unemployed. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 9/26/11)
  • Since Obama Took Office, The Unemployment Rate For Hispanic Youth Has Risen From 24.3 Percent To 37.4 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 9/26/11)
  • “Hispanic Workers Are Disproportionately Represented In The Construction And Manufacturing Industries, Which Were Mortally Wounded By The 2008 Recession And Have Shown Little Recovery.” (Cameron Joseph, “Obama’s Hispanic Support Collapses,” The Hill, 9/8/11)

Poverty Rates For Hispanics Are “Especially Bleak,” Rising 1.3 Percent In 2010. “More Americans are living in poverty than ever before - and for Hispanics, the trends are especially bleak. Their poverty rate went up 1.3 percent in 2010, the sharpest annual rise of any group except blacks.” (Schuyler Velasco, “Poverty Rate Rises, Especially For Hispanics,” The Christian Science Monitor, 9/13/11)

  • More Than A Quarter Of Hispanics Live Below The Poverty Level. “More than a quarter of Hispanics - some 13.2 million people - were living below poverty level, more than double the 9.9 percent rate of non-Hispanic whites, according to a new report from the US Census Bureau.” (Schuyler Velasco, “Poverty Rate Rises, Especially For Hispanics,” The Christian Science Monitor, 9/13/11)

“There Are Now 6.1 Million Poor Hispanics Under The Age Of 18 - More Than Any Other Single Group.” “‘The brunt of the bad economy is especially affecting minorities - and the kids in these minorities are showing up in these numbers,’ says William Frey, a demographer and senior fellow with the Brookings Institution in Washington. For example, there are now 6.1 million poor Hispanics under the age of 18 - more than any other single group. It's even bigger than the 5 million non-Hispanic whites, Mr. Frey points out.” (Schuyler Velasco, “Poverty Rate Rises, Especially For Hispanics,” The Christian Science Monitor, 9/13/11)

Hispanics Have Been Hit Harder By The Recession And Devastated By Foreclosures. “But keeping Hispanics enthusiastic has gotten more difficult. They have been hit harder than non-Hispanic whites in the recession, with unemployment in that group topping 11 percent and home foreclosures devastating Hispanic-heavy neighborhoods in Nevada and Florida.” (Peter Wallsten, “Obama Working To Rekindle Hispanic Support,” The Washington Post, 8/21/11)

  • “Large Shares Of Hispanics And Asians Live In Epicenters Of The Housing Bust Such As California, Florida, Nevada And Arizona, Magnifying Their Exposure To Wealth Declines.” (Christina Rosales and Brendan Case, “Weak Economy Destroys Wealth, Affecting Some More Than Others,” The Dallas Morning News, 9/24/11)
  • In Florida, Home Values In Hispanic Neighborhoods Have Fallen More Than Nearly Every Other Community. “The region's Hispanic homebuyers, for example, were much more likely to wind up with the worst-of-the-worst subprimes being peddled at the time. As a result, home values in the Orlando area's key Hispanic neighborhoods have crashed further than those in nearly every other community except the three big majority-black neighborhoods.” (Mary Shanklin, “Housing Slump Hits Black, Hispanic Neighborhoods Hardest,” Orlando Sentinel, 9/24/11)

OBAMA’S ELECTORAL AND ECONOMIC PROBLEMS AREN’T LIMITED TO THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY

“Obama’s Dip Among Hispanics Correlates With His Broader Struggles With An Electorate That Has Grown Increasingly Disheartened About The Economy.” “The struggling economy has hit the Latino community particularly hard, with a Hispanic unemployment rate exceeding 11 percent — two points higher than the national average. Obama’s dip among Hispanics correlates with his broader struggles with an electorate that has grown increasingly disheartened about the economy and the White House’s ability to make things better.” (Chris Cillizza, “With Hispanic Support For Obama Waning, Could Latino Vote Be Up For Grabs In 2012?,”The Washington Post’s The Fix,” 9/18/11)

  • Only 36 Percent Of Voters Say They Definitely Plan To Vote For Obama. “By a margin of 49 percent to 36 percent, voters said they definitely plan to vote against Obama, according to the poll. Independents by 53 percent to 28 percent said they definitely plan to vote against him.” (Steven Thomma, “Poll Finds Obama Losing Ground To Republicans,” McClatchy Newspapers, 9/20/11)

Since President Obama Took Office, The Nation Has Lost 2.4 Million Jobs And The Unemployment Rate Has Increased From 7.8 Percent To 9.1 Percent. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 9/27/11)

  • Since The First $825 Billion Stimulus Was Passed, The Nation Has Lost 1.7 Million Jobs And The Unemployment Rate Has Remained Over 8 Percent For A Post-WWII Record 31 Straight Months. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 9/27/11)

“A Record Number Of People Exist On The Fringes Of The Workforce.” “A record number of people exist on the fringes of the workforce: part-timers looking for more hours and the self-employed eager for more work. Like Morales, they hang their fate on a turbulent economy, sitting in the car, waiting for a call.” (Eli Saslow, “Virginia House Painter Fights To Keep Business As Recession Becomes A Way Of Life,” The Washington Post, 8/29/11)

Only 30 Percent Of Americans Approve Of Obama’s Handling Of The Economy. “As has been the case in previous polls showing the president's slipping approval, Americans seem frustrated primarily in a souring economy. Only 30 percent of Americans strongly or somewhat approve of the president's handling of the issue.” (Justin Sink, “New Poll Shows Obama Approval Slips To Historic Low,” The Hill, 9/24/11)

“50 Percent Of Americans Believe That The Policies Of The Obama Administration Have Hurt The Economy, And 53 Percent Say That They Have Hurt The Middle Class.” (Justin Sink, “New Poll Shows Obama Approval Slips To Historic Low,” The Hill, 9/24/11)


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