July 28, 2006

Hispanics have no confidence in Republican Leadership.

A poll released by the New Democrat Network confirms that Hispanics have lost confidence in the failed leadership of President Bush and the Republican Party, with a full 61% of respondents saying the country is headed in the wrong direction.

The poll also shows President Bush with a 58% unfavorable rating, a mirror opposite of the 60% favorable numbers he enjoyed in the 2004 cycle, and the Democrats leading Republicans by 59-23 if the election were held today.

Of 20 major issues on which the poll questioned respondents, Democrats outperformed Republicans in the double digits on 17 issues, including "increasing the minimum wage," "gives opportunities," "respects more my religious beliefs," "better use of my tax money," and "family values."

In a rebuke of the Bush economic policies of the last five years, an overwhelming 86% of Hispanics in this poll responded that the cost of living has increased, and economic issues were ranked as one of the most important issues facing the country, and second only to the War in Iraq.

The poll numbers came just a week after a Pew Hispanic Center Survey showed that 75% of Hispanics believe many more Hispanics will vote in the November elections, and that when they do, registered Hispanic voters would choose Democrats over Republicans 46% vs 9% as the party "perceived to have more concern for Latinos."

"After 6 years of failures in the White House and 10 years of divisive leadership in Congress, it's no surprise Republicans are seeing repercussions among Hispanic voters," said Democratic National Committee spokesman Luis Miranda. "Hispanics have seen their average wages decline as a result of the Bush presidency, and the Republican Congress has decided that using Hispanic immigrants as scapegoats to win elections is more important than passing comprehensive immigration reform that includes critical border security measures and real solutions for America's immigration problems. Democrats are not taking a single vote for granted and will continue to contrast the Republican Party's failed leadership with the Democrats' bold vision for a new direction for America."

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