Democrats maintain a hammerlock on statewide offices in California in large part due to their success in earning the overwhelming support of Latinos, Asians and African-Americans nationally. In a state which is 38% Latino, Democrat success statewide depends on holding on to this massive portion of the electorate.
For this reason California Democrats should be concerned about this week’s Gallup data showing that President Obama – the man who more than any other defines the Democrat Party in every precinct across America – has seen his support among Latinos plummet more than with any other group.
The numbers are striking. In the course of 11 months, the President’s support has dropped from 75% of Latinos to 52%, a 23 percentage point decline.
There is no way to spin this into anything other than a big problem for the President and his 2014 Democratic candidates.
Let’s dig deeper.
According to Gallup, Latinos’ support of Obama “have shown the most variation of any group…That means their views of him are less firmly anchored than those of other groups.” In other words, Latinos were never totally sold on President Obama in… Read More