Broken Promises Lead to Changing Views on the President
Latinos Prioritize Economic Growth, Reform of Health Care, Immigration
(Washington, D.C.) – According to new polling from Gallup, the president's approval rating among Latinos has fallen from 74 percent last year to just 52 percent today. This survey reflects disappointment with the president on a range of issues – notably the economy, health care reform, and immigration. With regard to immigration in particular, the president's broken promises – to address reform in his first year in office, and later to act unilaterally this summer – have done significant damage to his standing. A survey released early this week by the Pew Research Center shows that Democratic-leaning Hispanics say their party isn't doing a good job on immigration by a 52-45 margin. 40 percent of Democratic-leaning Hispanics say he has not been willing enough to push forward with granting legal status to unauthorized immigrants.
Daniel Garza, Executive Director of The LIBRE Initiative, released the following statement:
"Years ago, candidate Obama promised to work with Congress on plans to reduce federal spending, revive our economy, fix our broken health care system, and reform immigration laws. Those vows earned him the strong support of the Latino community. Those are priorities that they supported then – and which they support today. The failure of the president to keep his support among Latinos is due directly to his decisions not to deliver on any of these promises and the inability of his policies to improve the lives of U.S. Hispanics.
The desires of the Latino community have not changed – and in many ways, they mirror those of the rest of America. We must reduce wasteful spending and get our economy moving. We have to work in a bipartisan way to preserve the best of our current health care system, and to fix what is not working. And Congress and the president must work together on the legal structure to secure the border and fix our broken immigration system."