“A recent poll by Quinnipiac showed that President Obama’s support among Latinos has eroded. It’s down from a high of 67% to 59%.”
– Geraldo Rivera on Fox & Friends, July 13, 2012, 8+ a.m. ET
Of course, the second I heard Rivera bring up that poll result, I had to go to Quinnipiac’s site to see for myself.
But hang on a second. What was the first poll result I saw on Quinnipiac’s home page? “July 12, 2012 – American Voters Say Health Care Law Is A Tax Hike, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Most Want Arizona-Type Immigration Law In Their State” (direct link)
Now, I have never been a big fan of Quinnipiac, which I’d superficially written off as a probable liberal polling institution. However, my attitude is perhaps wrong-headed.
Dick Morris pounds the point constantly that it is critical to poll “likely voters,” not “registered voters.” That usually makes me inclined to give more weight to Scott Rasmussen’s polling results since he polls likely, not registered. Of course, Rasmussen is clearly a conservative, and it seems that other MSM outlets tend to blow off his results.
Yet, my personal views aside, the mainstream media back up Rivera.
To whit, Huffington Post: “Obama Slips With Latino Voters: Quinnipiac Poll“:
President Barack Obama still has a considerable lead with Latino voters, but it may be slipping, according to a poll out Wednesday from Quinnipiac University.
The poll found Obama at 59 percent support, lower than many other polls that put him at a higher advantage. Fox News Latino points out that its poll from March showed 73 percent of Latinos supported Obama, while a USA Today/Gallup poll in June found he had 66 percent support.
Other findings … [...]
Another poll from the university, this one released on Thursday, sheds some light onto how voters feel about immigration, an issue important to Latinos. Most American voters, 55 percent to 39 percent, support Obama’s recent policy change that will allow some undocumented young people to stay in the United States temporarily should they meet certain requirements, according to the poll. About half say it would not impact their decision in November, but 30 percent would be less likely to vote for him. Nearly 20 percent say they are more likely to vote for Obama based on his deportation directive.
How about them apples.
You can find more news stories on Quinnipiac’s important poll via Google News.
P.S. I couldn’t find the new Latino poll at Quinnipiac’s site because their search engine sucks. I used “Latino Obama,” and got no results. That’s why I turned to Google News. But I’m glad I did because it is important to see how many news stories are covering this diminution in President Obama’s support among Latinos.
After all, it is Friday the 13th.
And WTF has happened to Memeorandum.com? Not finding the word “Latino” on its current home page, I turned to “Memeorandum River,” the reverse chronological list of stories. But there wasn’t a single headline covering Quinnipiac’s poll results.
An easy explanation would be that the MSM buried the Latino story by not using the word in their headlines. But Huffington Post did. See above. Memeorandum has featured Huffington in the past. But not this time. Hey, it could be that Memeorandum’s “bots” simply failed to pick up the news. Who knows.