Republicans to Use Jobs Data to Woo Hispanic Voters
Last week’s job report showed that Hispanic unemployment rate is on the rise. The Republicans see this as an opportunity to get voters from the demographic that has voted for President Obama in 2008. It is still uncertain whether GOP candidate Mitt Romney can lure the Hispanic voters to his side as they remain reprehensive about his position on immigration.
According to the latest jobs report, Hispanic unemployment rate increased from 10.3 percent in April to 11 percent in May. The economy added 69,000 jobs last month. The report came after Hispanic voters showed signs of reduce enthusiasm about the November election.
On a scale of 1 to 10, 65 percent of Hispanics surveyed said that they will go out and vote during this year’s presidential election. 82 percent of white voters and 75 percent of African-Americans said they would vote according to the same poll.
President Obama has a 65 to 25 percent lead with Hispanic voters over Romney but political observers said that the president must be worried about the voter turnout in November. Hispanic unemployment is estimated to be above 10 percent through the rest of the year in 14 states, which include the battleground states of Florida, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Nevada. This is according to the Economic Policy Institute in Washington.
It is still unclear how President Barack Obama’s strategy would be to counter the Republicans’ view on immigration. Last year, Romney said that if Congress approved the DREAM Act, which is proposed by the president as a path for young illegal immigrants to get citizenship if they attend college or serve in the military, he would veto it.
The president’s own record might work against him. During his term, he has overseen a record number of deportations of illegal immigrants. According to a poll released in December, 59 percent of the Hispanics surveyed disapprove of Obama administration’s deportation policy.