President Obama's approval rating among Hispanics has fallen to 52 percent, down from 74 percent at the beginning of last year, according to Gallup data released Friday.

The data only stretch through August, meaning that any affect from Obama's decision earlier this month to delay executive action on immigration is not included.


The president's approval among Hispanics is still 10 points higher than among the population as a whole, which stands at 42 percent. But that gap has closed since Obama's reelection in 2012, when Hispanic approval was 22 points higher.

The numbers among Hispanics hit a peak of 72 percent in June 2012 when, in the midst of Obama's reelection battle, he announced a program to defer deportations for some people brought to the country illegally as children.

Other polls have also shown a drop in Hispanic approval. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll earlier this month showed the rating at 47 percent, down from 62 percent in April 2013.

That poll was also taken before the White House announced the delay of immigration action, so the numbers could be lower now.