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New poll finds 65 percent of Latino voters disapprove of Biden's job performance

While 56 percent of White individuals polled disapprove of Biden’s performance, a whopping 65 percent of Latinos said they disapproved of the job the president is doing

December 22, 2021 1:06pm

Updated: December 23, 2021 1:06am

This week, Joe Biden’s overall approval rating hit its lowest point, 41 percent according to a new PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll, which showed that support for the president among independents had plummeted. His average approval ratings are similarly stuck in the low 40s. 

However, the data also shows a surprising new insight: the president’s approval rating is significantly lower with Latinos than it is with Whites.

According to the poll, while 56 percent of White individuals polled disapprove of Biden’s performance, a whopping 65 percent of Latinos said they disapproved of the job the president was doing. 

This poll is a further blow to Democrats who have been losing the Latino vote in recent years.

A similar Dec. 8 Wall Street Journal poll found that although Latino voters — who account for around 1 in 8 eligible voters — gave Democrats 60 percent of their vote in the midterm elections, they now appear to be evenly split between the Democratic and Republican parties.  

According to the data, if a congressional election were held today, 37 percent of Latino voters said they would vote for a Republican and 37 percent said they would vote for a Democrat.

Similarly, when asked how they would vote in a hypothetical rematch of the 2020 election, 44 percent of those polled said they would support President Biden while 43 percent voiced their support for former President Donald Trump.

This may come as a surprise to both Democrats and Republicans as Biden won 63 percent of the Latino vote in 2020 — besting Trump by close to 30 points, according to an AP VoteCast survey conducted after the election.

But as the recent elections in Virginia demonstrated, Latino votes are increasingly up for grabs for candidates from either party. Democratic pollster John Anzalone told the Wall Street Journal, “Latinos are more and more becoming swing voters.…They’re a swing vote that we’re going to have to fight for."

In Virginia, Latinos favored Republican Glenn Youngkin by more than 10 points, according to an AP VoteCast survey.

There is reason to believe that Latinos – who have been steadily moving towards the right in recent years – are growing weary of the Democratic Party’s progressive platform and continuous push to the left, which is often reminiscent of the socialist policies that many Latinos attempted to leave behind when they immigrated to the United States.  

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio – a long time champion of free-markets and individual freedom – believes that Latinos are no longer responding favorably to the left’s radical platform and that the GOP ultimately offers a better solution for hard-working Latino families.

“We are seeing a change in our politics. Some of that is a reaction to the radical policies of President Biden and the Marxists that control his party,” Sen. Rubio told ADN America. “But it is also because Republicans are fighting for things that just make sense for working families: safer communities, more involvement from parents in their kids’ education, bringing good jobs back to America, defending people of faith. These are the things that matter to normal people.”