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Gallup: Obama Hispanic Support at Historic Low

By Jim Meyers   |   Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011 10:33 AM

President Barack Obama’s approval rating among Hispanics has plunged to an all-time low of 44 percent — down an astonishing 45 points from its peak, a new Gallup poll reveals.
Obama’s approval rating among Hispanics stood at 74 percent when he took office and rose to 85 percent by April 2009. It last stood at 85 percent on May 17, 2009, but has been dropping ever since.
By April of this year, the rating had reached 47 percent, and after a slight uptick it dropped to 44 percent in the most recent Gallup poll, down 5 points from the previous poll concluded on August 14.
The drop came in the same week that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced her department was going to review the cases of 300,000 illegal aliens in deportation proceedings and allow “low-priority” cases to stay in the country and receive work permits.
Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, called the move a “back-door amnesty.”
Jan Brewer, governor of border state Arizona, characterized the administration’s decision on illegal aliens as a desperate attempt to woo back Hispanic voters — a decision that appears to be backfiring.
“He is looking for a community out there that he thinks will support him and re-elect him,” Brewer told Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview.
“But there are a lot of Latinos, a lot of Hispanics in America, that came here the legal way, love our country, and they followed the rule of law,” she said. “We are in big trouble and the president is feeding into it. I believe this is going to backfire on the Obama administration.”
Brewer, who has vowed to fight the new policy, added: “We were all hoping he would come up with a job plan. But with this latest document on amnesty, he has really come forth with a job plan but I didn’t know that it was going to be for the illegals.”
The latest Gallup poll also shows that Obama’s approval rating among blacks remains high, at 88 percent, but it is just 32 percent among whites, and 40 percent overall.

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