Panethnic Identity: Building Understanding By Taking on Complexities

Findings in The Pew Hispanic Center’s recent study, “When Labels Don’t Fit: Hispanics and Their Views of Identity” generated buzz among those interested in the dynamics of ethnic identity and American politics. The report highlighted the fact that most Latinos do not use the panethnic terms “Latino or Hispanic” to describe themselves, instead preferring more […]

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Democrats Should Bait GOP on Latino Issues

Dr. Gary Segura, Principal of Latino Decisions, was interviewed on PBS NewsHour earlier this week. An overview of the expert commentary is provided below, however you can watch the full discussion here. The following text was provided by the PBS NewsHour webpage: “With polls showing two-thirds of Latino voters supporting President Barack Obama for re-election, […]

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Women, Independents and Latinos: How Do Romney and Obama Fare with Each?

By Stella Manrique Rouse In the “Hope and Change” presidential campaign of 2008, Barack Obama struck a chord with many groups. Besides overwhelming support from African Americans, he was also able to court three other crucial groups: women, independents, and Latinos. However, four years later, the mystique of the “Hope and Change” mantra has dissipated and […]

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Watch for ‘Sí Se Puede’ Signs at Obama Rallies

 Originally published at The New York Times.com on May 23, 2012 In 2004, President George W. Bush made a concerted effort to attract Latino voters, and was rewarded with about 40 percent of the Latino vote. Those votes helped Bush win battleground states like Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, and Nevada, which all have large and […]

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Moral values not a defining issue for Latino voters

In November 2004 the New York Times proclaimed “Moral values cited as a defining issue of the election” and numerous anecdotal claims were made that President Bush benefited from a spate of same-sex marriage initiatives across the country that boosted turnout among church-going social conservatives.  As part of this supposed “moral values” wave, some even […]

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President Obama’s Latino kryptonite same-sex marriage?

This article was originally published at NBC LATINO Barack Obama is untouchable, at least in the Latino electorate.  Two recent polls show his support among Latinos ranging from 70-80 percent.  However, these polls took place before the President stated that his views on same- sex marriage had evolved to where he now supports same-sex marriage.  […]

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Identifying a Relationship Between Latino Representation in Congress and Trust in Government

By Ricardo Ramirez, Gabriel R. Sanchez, and Shannon Sanchez-Youngmann Although all eyes will be focused squarely on the race for the white house this year, there are several important races taking place down the ticket that have important implications for the Latino electorate. There are several Latino non-incumbent candidates running for Congress in 2012, with […]

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Taking a Closer Look at Latino Pan-ethnic Identity

A recent report released by the Pew Hispanic Center indicated that the pan-ethnic terms of Latino and Hispanic do not resonate well with the population that they are intended to define. More specifically, a majority (51%) say that they most often identify themselves by their family’s country of origin (Mexican/Mexican American for example) compared to […]

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Latino Issue Priorities Linked to Presidential, Congressional Approval and Certainty of Voting

By Ali A. Valenzuela, Assistant Professor of Politics, Princeton University Will President Obama lose Latino voters in the 2012 election because of his administration’s immigration enforcement regime and lack of progress on comprehensive policy change? After failing to deliver on his campaign promises in this contentious policy area, President Obama has taken a hit in […]

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Projecting Latino Electoral Influence in 2012: What Percent of the Latino Vote Candidates Need to Win Each State

Matt A. Barreto, Ph.D. and Gary M. Segura, Ph.D., Latino Decisions We get asked the question about “Latino influence” from the press weekly—some weeks, daily.  Answering the question is easy if you just make it up, and a fair number of people earn a good living doing so.  But our goal has always been to […]

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