Obama's Approval Has Dropped 36 Points Among Hispanics, Says Gallup

By Terence P. Jeffrey | August 19, 2011 | 10:10am EDT

President Barack Obama greets the crowd before speaking at a town hall meeting at Seed Savers Exchange, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, in Decorah, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(CNSNews.com) - Only 49 percent of Hispanic Americans said last week they approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as president, according to the Gallup poll. That is down 36 points from the high of 85 percent that Obama’s approval hit among Hispanics in the Gallup poll in the spring of 2009, his first year as president.

Obama’s approval among Hispanics hit an all-time low of 45 percent in the last week of July, according to Gallup. It has rebounded modestly since then.

Obama’s declining approval among Hispanics came before the administration announced a new policy on Thursday that will allow Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to suspend deportation proceedings against illegal aliens if she does not deem their cases sufficiently serious to require enforcement of the immigration law or if she believes their continued presence in the United States will not be a threat to national security or public safety.

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