March 5, 2012

Obama Leads Handily Among Latinos

Byron Tau, writing for Politico:

“According to the latest national Fox News Latino survey, none of the Republican contenders for the presidential nomination poll above 14 percent in a head-to-head matchup against Obama. That’s a 17 point drop in support from John McCain’s 2008 share of the Hispanic vote, garnering 31 percent of the that group four years ago.”

(Via Luke Russert.)

Analyses of the last two US census results have indicated a surging US Hispanic population. As one commenter wrote, “the future is brown.”

If this trend and polling data are accurate, the GOP will have a long-growing crisis on its hands in the next decade. It could have been avoided.

President George W. Bush’s administration helped author legislation to reform US immigration law during his second term, a rare even-handed proposal welcomed by Democrats and independents. It was roundly condemned by Republicans, and failed to reach a vote in the Senate.

The failure of immigration reform was a key issue among Latinos in the last presidential election. It appears to have long coattails. Act in haste, repent ... and repent.