Hispanics Souring On Obama

Though majorities of blacks (85%) and Hispanics (54%) continue to approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as president, his ratings among these groups slipped in March and have set or tied new lows. His approval rating among whites, at 39%, remains above where it was in the latter part of 2010.

2009-March 2011 Trend: President Obama's Job Approval Ratings, by Racial and Ethnic Group

These results are based on aggregated data from Gallup Daily tracking in March, including more than 15,000 interviews with U.S. adults. Overall, Obama averaged 47% approval in March, three percentage points above his term low from August 2010.

Obama, elected to office with strong support from minority voters, has averaged better than 90% approval among blacks, and 65% among Hispanics, during his term. Prior to March, Obama’s lowest monthly average among blacks was 88% in July 2010 and December 2010. The president’s 54% March job approval rating among Hispanics ties the low from July and August 2010.

It is not clear what is behind blacks’ and Hispanics’ less positive evaluations in March than in prior months. Blacks and Hispanics will likely remain among Obama’s strongest supporters, and a key to his re-election bid next year will be his ability to maintain their support.

Read more from Jeffrey M. Jones at Gallup

 

 

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