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Poll: Obama Gains More Hispanic Support After Amnesty Order

By    |   Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 04:20 PM

A new Gallup poll has found support rising for President Barack Obama's job performance among the nation's Hispanics after he issued his sweeping executive order on amnesty late last month.

While approval of the president from black and white Americans has remained consistent, support from Hispanics has climbed 12 points, the pollster said Wednesday, citing its most recent survey taken from Nov. 21 (a day after his executive order was announced) through Dec. 8.

About 64 percent of Hispanics say they approve of the president, while just 31 percent of whites share those feelings. Black Americans approve of him the most — 80 percent — but that figure marks a 3 percent drop from when Gallup's last poll was taken from Nov. 1-20.

Noted Gallup: "Hispanic Americans' opinions of the president's performance have varied more since he took office than has been the case among blacks and whites. Monthly approval ratings among Hispanics reached a high of 82 percent early in Obama's term in May 2009, and a low of 47 percent in September 2014. This 35-percentage-point range is wider than the 27-point range among whites and the 14-point range among blacks."

The pollster added of Hispanic support of Obama: "The president's executive action on immigration may have clear supporters and detractors among racial, ethnic, and political subgroups. Even though Americans are more likely to disapprove than approve of the actions Obama plans to take on immigration, his overall job approval rating has not suffered largely because Hispanics have responded so positively."

How that shakes out politically in the future remains unclear as a new Republican-led Congress takes shape in January. But the president has said he believes Americans do not want a reversal of course on immigration policy, even as some in Congress vow to stand against it, NBC News reported.

"I think any future administration that tried to punish people for doing the right thing, I think, would not have the support of the American people," Obama said, responding to questions at a town hall meeting in Tennessee on Tuesday, NBC reported.

Some House members, reacting to the president's unilateral action on immigration policy, voted last week to approve the "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act," CNN reported. While it won't stop the president's plan, it asserts that Congress has a clear role in the defining future immigration legislation. It passed the House on a party-line vote, 219-197, and "states that the executive branch of government does not have the authority to stop deportations of certain categories of undocumented workers in the United States," CNN said.

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