Poll: Obama's approval rating among Hispanics stands at 70%
February 4th, 2013
04:05 PM ET
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Poll: Obama's approval rating among Hispanics stands at 70%

(CNN) - Less than a week after President Barack Obama highlighted his immigration proposals in Las Vegas, a new poll Monday shows 70% of Hispanics approve of the job he's doing.

The number is slightly down from December, when 75% of Hispanics said they felt the same way, according to the Gallup survey.

The month-long tracking poll was conducted mostly before and partially after the president outlined his immigration proposals in Nevada last week.

Gallup, however, points out that the 70% mark is 12 percentage points higher since the same poll was conducted in August, shortly before the Democratic National Convention. It's also up 17 percentage points since last February.

The poll results come one day before Obama is set to meet with leaders of labor unions, progressive groups and some CEOs at the White House to discuss immigration reform.

Speaking last week, Obama focused on three areas: better enforcement of immigration laws, providing a path to citizenship for the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the country, and reforming the legal immigration system.

Groups in Congress are working to craft their own legislation, but if they fail to pass a comprehensive plan, Obama said he would introduce a bill of his own. He said in a Telemundo interview last week he would like to see legislation get passed "in the first half of the year if possible."

While the president didn't make immigration a big focus in his first term, his administration did announce in June that certain young, undocumented immigrants could apply to defer deportation. The policy won strong favor among likely voters, a majority of whom favored the decision, according to polls conducted shortly after the policy was announced.

Obama overwhelmingly won Latinos in the presidential election, with 71% backing the incumbent president and 27% supporting GOP nominee Mitt Romney, according to national exit polls.

The Gallup results are based on telephone interviews conducted with a random sample of 1,288 Hispanics from January 1 to January 31. Roughly one-third of those interviews were conducted in Spanish. The sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

– CNN's Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. critical thinking

    Only 70% ? Seems low since he represents Santa Claus to most of them...

    February 4, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. ghostriter

    Don't you fret none, conservatives. I'm sure that by McCain stating that immigration reform is necessary in order to get votes. Not because it should be done, but because this is a great way from conservatives to pander to hispanics for votes.

    Conservatives should be appalled by this behavior that the ascribe to democrats. Of course, they applaud the behavior instead.

    February 4, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Republicans have an uphill battle to fight before latinos will ever vote for them. If they think just because they're pushing for immigration reform that they'll get more latino support, they are sadly mistaken.

    February 4, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. Moose

    Im in a hispanic area, i would agree if it was 70% disapprove, hard to believe 70% approve, ooop a libs poll go figure

    February 4, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    The Hispanic support for president Obama is a matter of logic. We admire brains, class and good manners. Critical thinking, you keep with the old wives's tales and outdated stereotypes. We will keep working, learning, growing and electing gentlemen like the president. Crass, uninformed, biased, Wall Street loving demagogues need not apply.

    February 4, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. gonetopot

    Of course they approve of him. Now they can continue to get food stamps, free medical care, live in government housing for almost nothing, work and pay no taxes, send their money back to Mexico, etc.

    February 4, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Seems low since he represents Santa Claus to most of them..."

    Thankfully, you and the rest of the GOP/Teatrolls continue to remain entirely obliviuos to just how offensive comments are to the latino community and how much damage it does to your chances of avoiding your demographic armageddon. Enjoy your impending irrelevance.

    February 4, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Im in a hispanic area, i would agree if it was 70% disapprove, hard to believe 70% approve, ooop a libs poll go figure"

    Gallup just spent the entire 2012 election being wrong in favor of Mittens and was ranked near the bottom for its accuracy on the election...again, which always favored Mittens. One might easily argue that if past behavior is prelude to present behavior, CNN could safely call this around 75% to 80% approval instead of just 70%.

    February 4, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    President Obama is the best President that this country has been graced with in generations.
    We, the majority of the citizens of this country believe that as does the world community.
    I proudly stand with and by our President.
    Estamos Unidos con Obama.

    February 4, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Milton Nabe

    To "Maria Rivera-Carvalho"

    Actually what Latinos seem to admire most is voting for people who will give them amnesty, despite having broken the law.

    February 4, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    The Hispanic support for president Obama is a matter of logic. We admire brains, class and good manners. Critical thinking, you keep with the old wives's tales and outdated stereotypes. We will keep working, learning, growing and electing gentlemen like the president. Crass, uninformed, biased, Wall Street loving demagogues need not apply.
    -------------------------------------------------
    Add to that our respect for hard-work, principles, decency, love of family and his fellow man.
    I concur wholeheartedly with your post Maria Rivera-Carvalho.
    In regards to crtical thinking's comment: you gotta consider the source and then dismiss.

    February 4, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. Moose

    @sniffet, your really not that dumb are you ????

    February 4, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. Gurgyl

    Job-training is a desperate need here now. Tighten immigration. Long-run effect is much more worse if not taken care of. True.

    February 4, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. BoFo

    Makes sense. He's deeding the country to them. It should be 80%.

    February 4, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Actually what Latinos seem to admire most is voting for people who will give them amnesty, despite having broken the law."

    Keep it up! Please proceed, Teatrolls...please proceed. Can we get a "wetbacks" in there somewhere? C'mon...show us you're as brave and "fed up" as you claim to be!

    February 4, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    That's only because they expect him to GIVE them citizenship..........no strings attached!

    February 4, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  17. nothing new here

    These folks need to start paying taxes.

    February 4, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |