Polling data increasingly suggests Hispanic voters are souring on President Joe Biden, in part because he refuses to secure the United States’ southern border. An overwhelming number of Hispanic voters say they disapprove of Biden’s handling of immigration and would like to see tighter border controls put in place. Since taking office in January of 2021, the number of illegal immigrants in the United States has likely doubled — jumping from 10 million in 2020 to around 20 million at the start of 2024.
A February 8th YouGov poll found that 89 percent of Hispanic voters consider the immigration issue to be ‘important’ to them. Meanwhile, data from Marist shows that 57 percent of Hispanic voters disapprove of Biden’s handling of the border, while only 27 percent approve. In Texas, Biden’s open border policies appear to have his campaign staring down a complete collapse among Hispanics. A survey released last week by the University of Houston found former President Donald Trump leading Biden with Hispanics 47 percent to 41 percent. Among Hispanic Democrats, only 55 percent say they intend to back Biden, with 45 percent undecided.