October 31, 2003

Hispanic Support for Bush Declining Sharply

Washington, D.C. —An independent poll released this week by the non-partisan William C. Velásquez Institute (WCVI) confirmed that Hispanics are growing increasingly frustrated with President Bush’s policies and performance. According to the Institute’s research, if the election were held today, any Democratic presidential candidate would beat Bush by a margin of almost two to one, or 55 percent to 28 percent.  Hispanics not only strongly disapprove of the President’s performance on the economy and domestic issues, but his handling of the Iraq war is also turning into a liability for him among this group of voters.

The WCVI survey found that Hispanics are growing more displeased by the day with President Bush’s handling of the economy, with six out of ten rating his performance as poor or not so good.

Hispanics also think that the President is not serving the Hispanic community adequately, and 54 percent think he is doing a poor or not so good job on issues important to Hispanics. “Bush made numerous promises to the Hispanic community throughout his campaign, but he has failed to fulfill them,” said Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Terry McAuliffe.

The President’s handling of the Iraq war is also contributing to the growing criticism of his performance among Hispanics. According to the WCVI Survey, Bush’s approval rate on the Iraq war has dropped almost 20 points among Hispanics since September of 2002, from 61 percent to 42 percent.  This is particularly significant figure, given that Hispanics are one of the fastest growing groups in the U.S. military.

“Hispanics, like most other Americans, realize that they are not better off today than they were four years ago,” said McAuliffe. “But what is more disappointing to them is that they are also realizing that President Bush is not a man of his word.”

The poll was conducted by the MiRam Group of New York and commissioned by the William C. Velásquez Institute.

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