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Univision Poll: Hispanics and Biden

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A NORC-Univision partnership in 2022 showed Hispanics losing confidence in the Democratic president
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The Hispanic community’s approval of President Joe Biden’s job performance fell more than 20 percentage points in less than a year, according to a February 2022 survey by Univision News and NORC at the University of Chicago. Most felt that the administration's policies had worsened inflation and believed their financial situation would not improve soon.  

The survey included 1,517 Hispanics over 18 who were registered to vote and occurred before Russia invaded Ukraine and Biden nominated African American Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Biden’s fall was significant compared to fellow Democrat Barack Obama, who at the end of his first year in power had an approval rating of 73 percent among Hispanics, according to a Latino Decisions survey published in March 2010. 

Biden’s approval also declined among the general population. He began his administration in January 2021 with the support of almost 54 percent, but that dropped to 41 percent among all voters after just over 13 months on the job, according to an average of polls compiled by Univision News. 

Although Biden enjoyed more confidence among Americans than former President Donald Trump in the same period, his support was below that registered by Obama and Republican George W. Bush in their first 13 months. Trump reported the lowest approval rating at the start of his administration among the four presidents.

The survey showed that half of Hispanics saw jobs and the economy as the main problems they expect politicians to address, but they believed Biden is not solving this problem. Six out of 10 thought government policies had increased the cost of living.

For more findings, go to the Univision website.

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