Poll finds opportunities, challenges for Republicans among HISPANIC VOTERS – The Daily Caller
Poll finds opportunities, challenges for Republicans among Hispanic voters
Published: 7:04 PM 09/16/2011 | Updated: 10:32 AM 09/17/2011
By Will Rahn
A new poll conducted by Resurgent Republic and the Hispanic Leadership Institute indicates that support for President Barack Obama in America’s largest minority community may be slipping, but that Republicans still have their work cut out for them.
Obama won a commanding majority of the Hispanic vote in 2008, and most Hispanic voters in key swing states Colorado, Florida and New Mexico still approve of his overall job performance. However, the poll finds majorities of Hispanic voters in all three states say Obama has not delivered on his campaign promises to the community and has been a weaker leader than they expected.
Majorities also said the country is on the wrong track, consider themselves to be conservatives and support voter ID laws championed by Republicans. Hispanics in Florida, a crucial battleground state, trust Republicans more than Democrats on issues of national security and government spending.
Resurgent Republic notes that, to remain competitive, Republicans do not need to win a majority of Hispanic voters. President George W. Bush won re-election in 2004 with only 44 percent of the Hispanic vote, but that number dropped to 31 percent for Sen. John McCain in 2008. The question in 2012 will be whether the Republican nominee can successfully court the growing number of independent Hispanic swing voters.