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An Overview of Latino Influence in the 2014 Elections

In the aftermath of the 2012 election, political observers and pundits of all political stripes contended that the support of Latino voters was pivotal to President Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney. Indeed, the 2012 ImpreMedia/Latino Decisions Election Eve poll reported that Obama received the support of 75% of Latino voters as compared to 23% for […]

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Latino Perspectives on SOTU Issues

A number of issues addressed in tonight’s State of the Union have been the subject of Latino Decisions polling. Here we highlight a few: 1. Immigration. It is true that Latino voters hold varied opinions on a range of policy issues, but not when it comes to immigration. On this topic, views are consistently cohesive; […]

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Latino Public Opinion and the Echaveste Nomination

Not surprisingly, large proportions of American Latinos are attuned to major news from south of the border. This focus contributes to their pronounced views on specific issues in U.S. relations with Latin America. A prime example is the importance that a great majority of Latino voters attach to President Obama’s nomination of Maria Echaveste of […]

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State of the union preview: Latino voters support of tax reform

As the nation prepares to listen to President Obama give the State of the Union Address this evening we are highlighting our data on Latino’s attitude toward tax policy, an issue the President has been previewing in speeches across the country over the past two weeks. It has been widely reported that several senior administration […]

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Cuba, Obama, and Latinos

David Ayón’s most recent post at Univision news focuses on Latino public opinion on U.S. policy towards Cuba. While the timing of Obama’s announcement that full diplomatic relations would be restored with Cuba came as a surprise, the substance of his decision grows out of positions the President has taken since his 2008 campaign. Much […]

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Latinos and Police Abuse

Unfortunately missing from the raging national debate over recurrent police killings of African American men and boys — defined as an issue pitting blacks against whites — is the question of where other minority groups stand.  This omission is particularly unfortunate in the case of Latinos, who bring their own substantial experience to questions of […]

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Will GOP-led Congress Debate Minimum Wage in Light of Demographic Changes?

After President Barack Obama’s executive action announcement on immigration, the political headlines have focused on how the Republican-led Congress will react on the issue. Lost in the large shadow of the immigration debate is whether the 2015 Congress will tackle other issues important to Latinos, especially minimum wage legislation. Hispanics consistently prioritize government action on […]

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Congressman Lujan is ideal choice for DCCC chair

The 2014 election has sent the Democratic Party back to the drawing board. The party looks to recover from an election that gave the Republican Party their greatest number of Congressional seats in nearly 70 years. It appears that Democrats understand that their 2016 strategy must include a focus on the Latino electorate, as House […]

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Growing Latino Gender Differences on Key Policy Issues

We continue to witness the very emotional and controversial debates over several key issues, including ‘women’s issues’ and immigration policy. This is especially evident at the wake of President Obama’s announcement of executive action on immigration. As we look to the key issues that will motivate Latinos to participate in politics, it is important to […]

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Origins of the Latino Political Gender Gap

With the 2014 midterm elections behind us, we are again reminded of the potential influence of Latino voters. This is because Latinos have had growing political influence in the last couple of presidential elections.  We are also reminded of the potential influence of the ‘women’s vote’ in the midterm elections. In this blog I draw […]

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