Saturday, May 06, 2006

Latinos Hate Bush


A new national survey released today by the Latino Policy Coalition finds that President George W. Bush has dramatically less support among Latino voters than popularly believed. He has even less support among Latinos than the Republican Party has...

The national poll found that Bush's positive job performance rating among Latino voters is a staggeringly low 23 percent. In contrast, 75 percent of Latino voters have a negative view of the job the president is doing.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting article. Celinda Lake is a respected pollster but also a Democrat partisan. These results need to be read in that light. I suspect her poll slightly overstates the deterioration of Bush's Hispanic support and fails to accurately identify all the reasons. I believe there are a lot of Hispanics like myself who are furious about the President's failure to secure the borders.

I think what this shows is that the Republican share of the Hispanic vote moves roughly in proportion to the Republican share of the overall vote. In 2004, Republicans got a substantially higher proportion of the overall national vote (about 3%) and the Republican share of the Hispanic vote moved upwards as well (about 4%). In 2006, Republicans appear to be out of favor with the overall population and we are out of favor with Hispanics.

It looks like to me that there is a small base of hardcore Republican Hispanics, a much larger base of hardcore Democrat Hispanics and a significant percentage that swings with the political wind.

It is good that they are not monolithic. That means they are pursuadable. I think treating them like they are monolithic is the flaw in the Rove Republican Hispanic pandering strategy. We should reach out with our shared values and principles, not racial pandering and freebies.

In the end, most poor people vote Democrat and I think Hispanics will be no exception.

5/06/2006 10:39 AM  
Anonymous Un demócrata frustrado said...

Believe me when I say I am no Bush fan. But, for better or for worse, he is the only U.S. President thus far that has been responsible on the issue of immigration -- and has come out in support of a sensible solution that would affect tens of millions of Latino immigrants.

He also has appointed more Hispanics to high positions than Clinton did. Democrats smile at us, but they don't act.

5/06/2006 9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Believe me when I say I am no Bush fan. But, for better or for worse, he is the only U.S. President thus far that has been responsible on the issue of immigration

If by sensible you mean amnesty then I guess you are forgetting about Ronald Reagan who incidently was also a Republican.

One would think that Hispanics would notice that it is Republicans who behave responsibly and Democrats who pander but apparently not. Most Hispanics thank Ronald Reagan by voting for Democrats. That pattern will repeat itself if Bush manages to push through his shamnesty.

But I question whether it is responsible. What is responsible about failing to enforce the laws and rewarding those who break them. To me that is the height of irresponsiblity. Rewarding lawbreaking just encourages more lawbreaking and the present situation after the Reagan Amnesty is proof of that.

5/07/2006 8:57 AM  

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