By David Knowles
December 18, 2014
President Obama's relationship with Hispanics is officially on the mend. A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Telemundo poll finds that thanks to his executive order delaying the deportation of an estimated 4 million undocumented immigrants, the president's approval rating with Hispanics has jumped 10 points, nearing previous highs.
Via the Wall Street Journal:
Fifty-seven percent of Latinos said they approved of the job he is doing as president, up from 47% in September though still shy of the 62% mark in April 2013. Fifty-six percent said they approved of the job he was doing handling immigration, up from 45% in May 2010.
Additionally, 66% said the president was doing “very” or “somewhat” well addressing the concerns of the Hispanic and Latino community, compared to just 30% who said the same when asked about “Republican elected officials.”
Of course, Republican elected officials like House Speaker John Boehner have stated that the president's executive order on immigration "smacks of raw politics." Those politics would seem to be working in Democrats' favor, however.
It may be no coincidence that as the Republican-controlled House passed a bill that declared Obama's immigration order "null and void" and has since filed a lawsuit to try and have it overturned, Democrats have seen their support from Hispanics solidify.
Roughly half of Hispanics polled said they would prefer to have a Democrat in the White House once Obama leaves office, while only 27 percent favored a Republican, the survey found. Mind you, that's not quite as big as the 71-27 percent margin that Obama won the Hispanic vote in 2012, but the trend line is, once again, moving in the Democrats' direction.
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