You know that Latino blowback Republicans have been bracing for regarding immigration? It's here. According to a new NBC/Telemundo poll, only 22% of Latinos have a favorable view of the Grand Old Party, compared to 37% of whites. You can chalk that divide up in part to the immigration debate, which has driven a wedge between whites and Latinos. Among whites, for example, 70% support Arizona's immigration law, compared to 31% of Latinos.
“The gap between whites and Hispanic Americans is substantial,” says one pollster. Latinos give President Obama a much higher approval rating (54%) than whites (34%). And 58% said they trusted Democrats to protect the interests of minorities, to only 11% who said that of Republicans. But the GOP's hawkish stance has advantages, too. Suburban white women, for example, generally lean Democrat, but strongly support Arizona's law. If I were a GOP strategist “I know where I'm putting my mail money,” another pollster said. (Read more poll numbers stories.)