Bad news for the GOP: U.S.-born and immigrant Hispanics lean Democratic by a large margin and approve of President Obama, according to a new Gallup poll. Among U.S.-born Hispanics with both parents born in the U.S., 64 percent are Democrats or lean Democratic, compared to just 30 percent who identify as Republican or lean Republican. For U.S.-born Hispanics with one or both parents born outside the U.S., the trend is similar: 57 percent trend Democratic while 34 percent trend Republican.
Fifty-seven percent of Hispanic immigrants also lean Democratic or are Democrats, and just 25 percent lean Republican or are Republicans. Interestingly, 16 percent of Hispanic immigrants identify as independent, more than the 6 percent of U.S.-born Hispanics who identify as such.
The numbers are just as bad before independents were asked their political leanings. Forty-four percent of U.S.-born Hispanics with both parents born in the U.S. identify as Democrats, with just 19 percent identifying as Republicans.
Forty-one percent of U.S.-born Hispanics with one or both parents born outside the U.S. identify as Democrats, and just 19 percent identify as Republicans.
Thirty-seven percent of Hispanic immigrants say they are Democrats, 15 percent say they are Republicans and 46 percent say they are independents (the highest rating for independents among the three classifications).
Obama also has high approval ratings across all three classifications, the highest among immigrants, with 79 percent approving of the job he is doing and just 17 percent disapproving.