Latinos like Dems, but not as much as I'd like them to
Latinos like Democrats three times more than Republicans, and it has to do with Tom Tancredo and his Southern, immigrant not liking friends (Houston Chronicle):
Because Hispanic voters are turned off by the conservative-led push for tougher penalties on illegal immigration, they are more likely to support Democrats than Republicans in November, according to the 2005 National Latino Survey released Thursday.
Regardless of a political candidate's views on issues such as gay rights, the economy, taxes or health care, a candidate's views on immigration will rank as the most important among Hispanic voters, said Robert Deposada, president of The Latino Coalition, a Washington-based nonprofit organization that commissioned the survey.
The press release:
"Being in touch with the Hispanic community"
Republicans in Congress (2005): 16 percent
Democrats in Congress (2005): 57 percent
President Bush (2004): 37 percent
John Kerry (2004): 37 percent
This is important in the West because, well, Arizona, California, New Mexico, etc, etc, are a huge part of the El Norte region.
I'm not sure what a great score would be on the "represents my interests" question (maybe around 80 percent), but its easy to see that just about half of Hispanics don't think either party in Congress represents them. Great for us if we think Hispanics will hold their nose and vote for a Dem over a GOPer, but it looks like we can try a bit harder though.
Emmett O'Connell | January 8, 2006 | Comment on This Post (0 so far)
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