The Results of the 2012 Plebiscite on Puerto Rico’s Political Status

On November 6, 2012, the residents of Puerto Rico went to the polls to vote on both island-wide general elections and a local plebiscite on the territorial status of Puerto Rico. Almost a month later, during a Whitehouse Press Briefing, a member of the audience asked Jay Carney, President Obama’s Press Secretary, whether the President […]

Read full story ·

Tags: ,

Comments are closed

The Rich Context of the 2012 Plebiscite on Puerto Rico’s Political Status

On November 6, 2012, the residents of Puerto Rico went to the polls to vote on both island-wide general elections and a local plebiscite on the territorial status of Puerto Rico. This election has generated a heated debate regarding the outcome and implications of the plebiscite vote. Central to this debate are three questions, namely: […]

Read full story ·

Tags: ,

Comments are closed

Latino Independents’ Preferences Are Key to Future Electoral Success

The 2012 election underscored the power of the Latino vote, particularly in battleground states like Colorado, Florida and Nevada.  Recent blogs here at Latino Decisions highlight the wide range of potential issues important to Latinos that federal and state elected officials now must include in their electoral and policymaking calculus, from immigration reform to environmental […]

Read full story ·

Tags: , ,

Comments are closed

Latino voters and the fiscal cliff: tax increases on wealthy must be included

The 2012 presidential election was barely over when Republicans correctly surmised that their outreach to Latino voters was anemic and they better change course.  The focus to date has been entirely on immigration reform –  which represents an extremely troubling area for the GOP – but by no means is the only policy area in […]

Read full story ·

Tags: , , ,

Comments are closed

Latino voters strongly support protecting the environment and politicians should take note

In the wake of the 2012 presidential election, the Latino vote in states like Colorado has been held up as a critical and influential factor.  Latino voters turned out in record high numbers and their 75% vote for President Obama nationally set a new high for a Democratic presidential candidate.  While much of the attention […]

Read full story ·

Tags: , ,

Comments are closed

The Sea-Change in Colorado

A month seems like an appropriate time to reflect on the outcome of Colorado’s 2012 general election and the role of Latino voters in both the Presidential and state-level contests.  In many respects, the election reflected a continuation of the state politics apparent in 2008 and the 2010 midterms.  Coloradoan’s sent all of their incumbent […]

Read full story ·

Tags: ,

Comments are closed

What Latinos Want – Immigration Reform Bill

The results of the 2012 election have awakened the Republican Party to their impending demographic disaster. Substantial growth in the size and power of the Latino vote—and an overwhelming tilt in that vote against their nominee—paints a bleak future for Republican electability. Coupled with startling Democratic vote share among Asian Americans (73%), and an ever […]

Read full story · Comments are closed

Nevada’s Odd Numbers: The Complexity of Polling in the Silver State

In the past three electoral cycles Nevada has commanded significant national attention due to the state’s status as both a presidential and congressional battleground state.  Yet, despite the Silver State’s increased electoral clout, Nevada remains one of the most difficult states to reliably poll; a consideration that is not without its consequences as flawed polling […]

Read full story ·

Tags: , ,

Comments are closed

Florida Election Wrap-up: Obama Right on the Economy and Immigration

Throughout the election, pundits, candidates, the media, and polling firms like Latino Decisions, have kept close watch on the swing state of Florida. One of the tea leaves we have all tried to read is how strongly the Latino vote would break for Obama. He would need this important constituency to pull off a victory […]

Read full story · Comments are closed

Pre-Election Polls Got it Wrong in Florida

Gary Segura recently provided a discussion of how exit polls often misrepresent Latino voters (Badly!), pointing out that exit polls often rely on small samples of Latino likely voters, rarely utilize fully bilingual interviews, and utilize samples that are not reflective of the Hispanic/Latino population in the location being polled. This is the first of […]

Read full story ·

Tags: , ,

Comments are closed