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Obama support among Hispanics down

President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the Cross Hall in the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)
President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the Cross Hall in the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool) AP

President Barack Obama’s support among Hispanics has plunged, though their ratings of the president remain higher than the national average.

A new Gallup poll released Friday should he “has lost significantly more support among Hispanics than among the national population since the months following his reelection in November 2012.” Gallup finds the 2012 number, and the drop, “may reflect unfulfilled promises that Obama made during the campaign about immigration reform.”

Latino approval of Obama’s job performance has “settled in” at about 10 points above the national average. It was double that in late 2012 and last year. Fifty-two percent of Hispanics approve of the job he’s doing.

Part of the reason for the higher number is that more Hispanics see themselves as Democrats. From January through August, 49 percent identified with or leaned to the Democratic party, with 22 percent saying they were Republican.

“Even with the recent drop, Obama's support remains higher among Hispanics than among the national population, and is proportionately higher now than it has been at other points such as in 2010, 2011, and early 2012,” Gallup found.

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