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Hispanic Support for Obama Falls Below 50 Percent

8:08 AM, Sep 8, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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According to the Gallup daily tracking poll, President Barack Obama hit his lowest monthly job approval rating last month, including his lowest rating among whites, Hispanics, and blacks. Black support for the president has slipped to an average 84 percent (the second time Gallup is showing this level during Obama's tenure), and Hispanic support has dropped to an all-time low of 48 percent in August, down from a record high of 82 percent in early 2009. White support remains even lower at its all-time low of 33 percent, falling from highs of 58 percent in 2009.

The Gallup report notes that Hispanic support for the president is closing in on the national average:

While blacks and Hispanics both expressed significantly higher-than-average approval for Obama throughout 2009 and most of 2010, Hispanics' approval has been moving progressively closer to the national average and is now only single digits above it. Whites' approval has consistently remained about eight points below the national average. As a result, blacks have become an extreme outlier -- the only major racial group showing well-above-average approval.

The chart below shows Obama's monthly job approval trends over the last two and a half years across all three demographic groups:

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