A recent poll shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney by 34 points among Hispanics. Political analysts are calling these gaps the Republican Party’s “Hispanic problem” and suggest that it may mean losing the support of Latinos beyond the 2012 election.
In the last 10 presidential contests, the Democratic presidential nominee has received an average of 64.1 percent of the Hispanic vote, while the Republican nominee has taken just 31.8 percent. Moreover, while many Latinos aren’t registered to vote, the proportion of Latino voters in the overall electorate is growing. It is now more than four times as high as it was in 1992 – climbing from 2 percent to 9 percent.
Taken together, both of these trends may indicate short and long-term problems for Republicans as they strive to gain the support of Latino voters. Since recent polls have shown that Latinos care more about issues around jobs and education than immigration, politicians from both parties may have to think outside the typical strategies for appealing to this increasingly important voting bloc.