A new poll reveals the Democrats’ lead over the GOP among Hispanics has sunk to a new low.
The NBC News/Telemundo poll was conducted between Sept. 17-26; 75% of respondents took the survey in English while 25% took it in Spanish, NBC News reported. 54% of respondents favored Democrats, while 33% favored Republicans.
Noting the 20-point difference, half the 40-point margin the Democrats sported among Hispanics in 2012, Democratic pollster Aileen Cardona-Arroyo admitted, “Being down by 20 points is a lot better [for Republicans] than being down by 40 points.”
Since 2012, Democrats led Republicans by 38 points in 2016, 34 points in 2018, and 26 points in October 2020 in the NBC/Telemundo poll.
Hispanics were nearly evenly divided regarding President Joe Biden; 51% approved of his job performance; 45% disapproved.
Unsurprisingly, California Hispanics were more likely to favor Democrats than Hispanics from Florida. California Hispanics preferred the Democratic party by a margin of 30 points, but Florida Hispanics only preferred them by a margin of seven points.
Hispanic men leaned more heavily toward Republicans than Hispanic women; Among Hispanic men, Democrats gained a margin of nine points, but among Hispanic women, the margin surged to 29 points.
Catholic Hispanic respondents favored Democrats by 27 points, but non-Catholic Hispanic respondents favored them by only 15 points.
Hispanics “prefer Republicans over Democrats on the economy (38% say the GOP better handles the issue, versus 34% who say Democrats do), on border security (36%-33%) and on crime (36%-28%),” NBC News reported.
The Hispanic voters felt the primary issue the U.S. had to deal with was the cost of living, followed by “threats to democracy,” and then jobs and the economy. The significance of that was buttressed by the fact that 54% of Hispanic respondents disapproved of Biden’s handling of the economy and 60 percent disapproved of the cost of living under Biden.
A CBS poll at the end of July found that the surge of support among Hispanics for the Republican Party had grown so strong that a virtual tie existed between support for the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.
Evidence had been building for the seismic shift among Hispanics for months. In May, a nationwide poll by Quinnipiac showed President Biden’s approval rating among Hispanics at 26% as opposed to the 2020 presidential election, when he secured two-thirds of the Hispanic vote.
“Biden is less popular among Hispanics than any other demographic, including age and gender,” Fox News noted of the poll’s results.
A paltry 27% of Hispanics approved of Biden’s economic policies, a percentage even lower than the 32% of Americans nationwide. Hispanics ranked inflation as the most pressing issue concerning them.