Less than 50% of Latino voters approve of Biden’s handling of border security and the economy — as a new poll shows the Dems’ lead over the GOP among Hispanic communities is shrinking
- President Biden’s overall approval rating among Latino voters polled by NBC News and Telemundo is 51%, but he lags behind on the economy, borders and prices
- Democrats are similarly behind Republicans on the border, crime and the economy
- The left’s lead over the GOP with Latino voters has halved since 2012
- The November midterm elections are just over a month away at this point
- It was revealed last month that more than 2 million migrants were encountered at the southwestern border in the fiscal year to date
President Joe Biden enjoys a 51% approval rating among Latino voters overall, but lags behind on border security and immigration issues and the economy
A majority of Latino voters are unhappy with how President Joe Biden is handling the economy and border security issues, according to a new poll released Sunday.
While the president was generally endorsed overall, more than 50 percent of Latino voters polled by NBC News/Telemundo gave Biden low marks on the economy, “border security and immigration,” and “the cost of living.”
The poll also found that the Democrats’ lead over Republicans among Hispanic and Latino communities has shrunk to the smallest ever — with less than six weeks until the November midterm elections.
Voters across the country will go to the ballot box on November 8 to decide which party will have control of Congress for the second half of Biden’s term.
Fifty-four percent of US voters polled by NBC News/Telemundo support the Democrats, while 33 percent support the GOP — a 21-point lead.
That’s five points shy of the Left’s lead in 2020 — and has shrunk by half since 2012, when Democrats were 42 points behind.
It’s worth noting that the Latino and Hispanic voting bloc is by no means a monolith and is among the most politically diverse in the country.
The numbers are part of an overall bleak picture for Biden’s party, which currently holds narrow majorities in both the House and Senate.
In Sunday’s poll, Republicans are also slightly ahead on issues that most voters care about ahead of the midterm elections.
A majority of Latino voters disapproved of the state of the US economy under Biden
A majority also said its handling of immigration was not up to scratch, as was the “cost of living”.
Latino voters trust them more when it comes to the economy, border security and crime — although neither party has reached a 40 percent support threshold.
Democrats, on the other hand, are favored by a wide margin when it comes to pro-abortion, “addressing the concerns of the Hispanic community” and “protecting democracy.”
The president’s perceived weaknesses are similar to those of his party — 54 percent of Latino voters surveyed said they disapproved of his handling of the economy, and 60 percent disapproved of the cost of living under Biden.
Fifty-one percent gave him negative feedback about immigration and the border.
Last month there were more than two million encounters with migrants on the southwest border for the fiscal year, a record high.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Chris Magnus stated at the time: “The failure of communist regimes in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba is driving a new wave of migration across the western hemisphere, including the recent surge in encounters at the southwestern US border. “
Meanwhile, officials in border states like Texas and Arizona have called for the Biden administration to play a larger role in relieving state and local communities that are ill-equipped to deal with the surge in population on their own.
It even prompted one of Biden’s Democrats to call him.
Rep. Henry Cuellar, who represents part of the Texas-Mexico border, suggested on Fox News last week that Biden ignore his calls for more action on the border.
“I tried and I tried and I tried,” Cuellar said in late September when asked if he warned the president.
“For many years I’ve said that we have to make sure we’re doing the right thing at the border.”
When asked if the Biden administration is heeding his calls, Cuellar said, “No, they are not.”
Sunday’s poll was conducted September 17-26 and polled 1,000 registered voters.