The new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll shows that President Obama’s support in the Latino community is down from 2008. He’s beating Mitt Romney 61 percent to 27 percent. That’s down significantly from the 67 percent that Obama won against Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in 2008. And the poll gets worse for Obama – only 46 percent say that what they’ve read and heard “makes them feel more optimistic about the economy,” as opposed to 42 percent who feel pessimistic. Only 68 percent of Latino voters say they’re really interested in the election, as opposed to 81 percent of Americans generally.
So how does NBC News report this? They report it with this headline: “Obama leads big with Latinos.” Of course he does. But the real story here is that enthusiasm is down for Obama, and that bodes ill for his re-election chances, particularly this early in the election cycle.