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Zogby Poll: Blacks, Hispanics, Youth Abandoning Obama

Monday, 15 Jul 2013 03:49 PM

By Andrea Billups

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President Barack Obama's approval ratings have dropped to a new low since his re-election among young voters, blacks, and Hispanics, a Zogby poll has found.

Pollster John Zogby said that the National Security Agency's spying scandal and Obama's failure to intervene on rising student loan costs have caused a loss of faith in Obama among those key constituencies, The Washington Examiner reported.

Hispanic voters also registered concerns about ongoing issues with immigration laws, the poll found.

"These three groups all have high expectations and feel a sense of ownership because of their strong support," Zogby told the Examiner. "He is losing some of the strength he once enjoyed among groups that have formed the nucleus of his coalition."

Youth voters supported Obama in 2012 with 61 percent of the vote. Their falloff is significant in this latest poll —  now, just 46 percent say they approve of the job the president is doing in his second term.

Also dipping is support for Obama from Hispanics and African Americans, the poll found. While 71 percent of Hispanics and 93 of American Americans supported Obama's second bid, their approval now registers 68 percent and 84 percent.

"While the White House and fellow Democrats prefer the president lay back and not rev up opposition by campaigning, Hispanics want him out there," Zogby told the Examiner.

Black voters "thought he would be able to do so much more," Zogby said.

Overall, the pollster said voters are evenly divided on Obama's job performance, with 49 percent saying they approve of his job in office and 49 percent disapproving. The poll of 919 likely voters was conducted from July 12-13.

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