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The Method Matters: Evidence from Latino Voter Turnout Experiments

A common belief inside campaigns is that lower propensity voters just won’t show up in a midterm election. This thinking is misguided and only serves to create a cycle in which campaigns fail to reach out to voters who are most in need of outreach. Previous field experiments have demonstrated repeatedly that low-propensity Latino voters […]

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How to Get Out the Latino Vote: Evidence from Field Experiments

During midterm elections, Latino voter turnout is known to lag below that of other racial groups in the United States, despite a growing population. In 2010 the census estimates Latino turnout was 61% among registered voters, compared to 70% turnout for the population as a whole. In contrast, Latino turnout had surged to a high […]

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Ayón analysis on Obama administrative relief on immigration

Latino Decisions now provides a regular column in Spanish to the Univision television network news website Noticias.Univision.com, written by Latino Decisions Senior Strategist, David R. Ayón.  The latest column, published on July 31, notes how Latino voters responded to DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in the presidential election of 2012, confirmed by the poll […]

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Latino Voters Strongly Reject House Republican Proposal on Border Crisis

On the last day before summer recess, House Republicans failed to address the humanitarian crisis at the border and the broken immigration system, which triggered it.  Instead, the bill they support, just a few months before the midterm election, is a signal that the GOP has turned its back on Latino voters.  A projected analysis of […]

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Latinos still feeling effects of recession

A new poll of Latino registered voters finds that over half of Latino households continue to be worried about unemployment, even as economists declare the recession is long over.  A poll released today by the National Council of La Raza and Latino Decisions uncovers that Latino voters are still facing considerable economic challenges.  At the same […]

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Why Eric Cantor really lost and what it means for GOP outreach to Latinos

Within minutes of Eric Cantor’s primary loss dozens of knee-jerk reactions in the national media called the upset bad news for immigration reform.  Let’s be clear – Eric Cantor was never a friend of immigration reform, nor was he a champion of GOP outreach to Latinos.  Cantor was more closely aligned with the immigration obstructionist […]

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Latino Decisions research critical to overturning Wisconsin Voter-ID law

A Federal court struck down a controversial law that would require voters in Wisconsin to show photo identification before they cast their ballots.  This is the latest ruling regarding voter-ID laws which have become a contentious across the nation. U.S. district judge Lynn Adelman issued a 70-page ruling declaring Wisconsin’s voter identification law is unconstitutional and also violates Section […]

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Latino Principles of Immigration Reform

Since the record defeat that Republicans suffered among Latino voters in 2012, prominent GOP voices have lined up to encourage their party to do a better job reaching out to Hispanics. John McCain, Jeb Bush, Karl Rove, Lindsey Graham, Paul Ryan and in the last two weeks John Boehner and even Rand Paul have all […]

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Hard data from primary proves the San Diego UT/Survey USA Poll is flawed

The best way to assess how accurate current polls in the San Diego mayoral race are is to look at their past performance and compare to actual election outcomes.  This is the same technique that 538 polling guru Nate Silver uses to assigns accuracy weights to different polling companies.  New data analysis of the November […]

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President Obama’s SOTU Proposals on Climate Change Resonate With Latinos

On Tuesday night, President Obama delivered the annual State of the Union Address.  When covering Latino reactions, the media is likely to focus on the President’s statements on immigration.  However, according to findings of a recent national survey of 805 Latino registered voters by Latino Decisions and the Natural Resources Defense Council, Latinos are deeply […]

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