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Hispanic voters are rapidly reevaluating their relationship with the Democratic Party, creating a problem for Democrats that, in some ways, mirrors their struggle to retain working-class voters.
A Quinnipiac poll published last week found that Hispanic voters disapproved of President Joe Biden’s job performance more than any other racial group, with just 12% of Hispanics saying they “approve strongly” of how he is handling the office.
It followed a string of surveys showing Latino voters souring over the past year on both Biden specifically and on Democrats generally: By December of last year, less than a year into Biden’s presidency, a Wall Street Journal poll found that Hispanic voters were evenly split on whether they would vote for a Republican or a Democrat in the next election.
“I think the single biggest reason is inflation,” Brad Bannon, a Democratic strategist, told the Washington Examiner when asked why Latino voters are shifting rightward. “Hispanic Americans are not happy because their income is not keeping up with inflation.”
He added, “Hispanic Americans have the same economic concerns that other Americans have, and it’s a big problem.”
The same poll found even steeper drops in support from Hispanic voters, with Biden’s approval rating falling 21% from January 2021 to March 2022.
Grant Reeher, a political science professor at Syracuse University, said the Democratic Party’s decision to channel so much of its energy into liberal social issues and less energy into the economic issues prioritized by the working class could be causing some Hispanic voters to consider casting ballots for Republicans next time.
Working-class voters have also turned sharply against the Democratic Party’s liberal ideology on issues such as gender and abortion, as well as the perception that Democrats are increasingly intolerant of any dissent on those issues.
One year after a majority of Hispanics voted for Biden, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe lost the Hispanic vote by as many as 12 points in Virginia in 2021, a race that turned on whether his party had lost touch with the concerns of everyday parents.