Poll: Obama Loses 1/3 of Hispanic Support, Abortion a Reason

Politics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 12, 2011   |   1:48PM   |   Washington, DC

A new poll shows pro-abortion President Barack Obama has lost about one-third of the support he had from Hispanics in the 2008 presidential election, and one pro-life Hispanic leader says abortion is the reason why.

Obama hosted a meeting at the White House for Latino groups that focus on political advocacy, but, one the same day, Gallup released a new poll showing his Hispanic support down about 30 percent over the course of the last 18 months. In December 2009, Obama received a 73 percent favorable rating from Hispanics, but that dropped to 52 percent at the end of June.

The news is bad for Obama and his re-election prospects, as he is counting on winning states like Florida and New Mexico, which have large Hispanic populations, in order to retain his stranglehold on the White House. The polling results are good news for Republicans, who will be voting for a nominee to challenge the pro-abortion president.

White House senior aide David Plouffe said on July 7 that Hispanics would play a key role in ensuring another four years for the abortion advocate. “We believe that we can improve over what we did in 2008 in turnout in some of those base Obama groups,” he told reporters.

The Gallup poll cited economic issues as turning off Latino voters. “Real improvement in the U.S. economy, including lower unemployment, would go a long way toward restoring approval to 2009 levels,” it said.

But Raimundo Rojas, the Hispanic outreach director for the National Right to Life Committee, tells LifeNews.com that Obama’s aggressive promotion of abortion is also playing a key role in turning off Hispanic voters.

“The seemingly unstoppable hemorrhage of Latino support for this administration comes as no surprise to anyone but the President and his staff.  Hispanics have witnessed two and a half years of broken promises and radical social experimentation that goes against the grain of all that we believe in,” he said. “Latinos as a whole are finally realizing what so many of us in the Right to Life movement have known since Obama’s days as an Illinois state senator: The infanticide president and his extreme and out of touch abortion policies are the greatest danger to the future of the Hispanic community.”

“Hispanics are weary of the Obama administration’s constant pandering. Latinos see a President trying to legitimize social issues that not only hurt us as a community, but that are also an affront to our core values and traditions. We can no longer be silent as Latinas continue to abort at unprecedented and disproportionate levels,” Rojas added.