NOT NICE: The 69-Point Gap in Biden's Approval Between Blacks and Hispanics

It's the economy, stupid

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May 19, 2022

One of the most concerning signs for Democrats heading into the 2022 midterm elections is President Joe Biden's abysmal approval rating among Hispanic voters. According to a Quinnipiac poll published Wednesday, just 26 percent of Hispanic respondents said they approved of the way Biden was handling his job as president, compared with 60 percent who said they disapproved.

That's not very good, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis of the poll results.

Biden's net job approval rating among Hispanics (-34) was among the lowest of all the demographics measured in the Quinnipiac poll. Only white men (-36), voters without a college degree (-45), and Republicans (-89) had a more unfavorable view of the president's job performance.

Perhaps the most shocking result was the 69-point gap in Biden's net job approval rating between Hispanic voters and black voters, the latter of which was the only demographic apart from Democrats to rate his job performance positively. Sixty-three percent of black voters said they approved of Biden's job performance as president, compared with 28 percent who said they disapproved, for a net rating of +35 percent.

The poll suggests that denouncing Hispanics as "white supremacists" for opposing Democratic policies might not be the most effective way to win their votes. Generally speaking, the Democratic Party's obsession with identity politics and racial grievance appears to have little salience among Hispanic voters. Asked what they considered "the most urgent issue facing the country today," 36 percent of Hispanics said inflation, compared with just 4 percent who said "racial inequality" and 3 percent who cited immigration.

This prioritization of economic issues over hysterical accusations of racism is bad news for Democrats heading into the midterm election cycle. Two-thirds of Hispanics said they disapproved of Biden's handling of the economy, while just 27 percent gave him a positive rating. More than 80 percent of Hispanic voters said they would describe the state of the economy as "not so good" or "poor," while a whopping 86 percent said they thought an economic recession was at least somewhat likely within the next year.

Among registered Hispanic voters, Republicans had a 46 percent to 34 percent advantage over Democrats on the question of which party they would like to see win control of Congress if the elections were held today.

Democrats have responded to their flagging support among Hispanic voters by, for the most part, dropping the graduate school buzzword "Latinx" from their lexicon and by launching a Latino Outreach program named after a communist propaganda slogan popularized by Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.