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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GOP losing the Latina mom vote and much more

This article was originally published at NBC LATINO Less is more for the Republican Party when it comes to women’s reproductive rights. Conservative Republican women may fully support the strategy of curtailing such healthcare access but the rest of the female electorate does not take kindly to such an approach.  Neither do Latinas.  Ninety-five percent […]

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The Supreme Court, Health Care Reform, and Latinos

By Jillian Medeiros, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of New Mexico This week the Supreme Court has been debating the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, passed by President Obama’s administration.  The purpose of this blog report is to discuss the specifics of what the Court is deciding, as well as the implications their […]

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When Good Polling Goes Bad…

Today, a newly released poll from the McClatchy/Marist Poll team reveals a shocking turn-around in the Presidential race among Latinos.  Governor Romney is found to lead the President by 11 points among Latino voters, and by 18 points if the fantasy of a Jeb Bush VP nomination accompanies Romney on the ticket.  Moreover, the Republicans […]

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Racial and Ethnic Differences in Access to Photo-ID in Texas

By Gabriel R. Sanchez, Stephen A. Nuño, and Matt A. Barreto Last week the Department of Justice blocked the Texas photo-identification law that requires voters in the state to show a state issued photo-ID to vote, stating that the state of Texas failed to demonstrate that the law is not discriminatory by design against Hispanic […]

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Evolution and Un-Intelligent Design: Why Latinos are Ahead of Barack Obama on Marriage Equality

On October 27, 2010, President Barack Obama famously said that his opinion on marriage equality for same-sex couples was “evolving.”  As Joe Sudbay pointed out recently at the Huffington Post, it’s been 500 days. It was an odd thing to say at the time.  Having already reversed his position once (between the time he entered […]

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The Contraception Debate and Latino Voter Opinion

Conventional wisdom suggests Latinos, and men in particular, have strong preferences for traditional gender roles. Similarly, one might expect recent immigrants to hold significantly more conservative views about women’s social roles relative to their American-born counterparts. In a recent Politics and Gender article, Celeste Montoya, Christina Bejarano and I examine these suppositions. We find neither […]

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Latino Issues, Voters & GOP Presidential Candidate Positions

Few Latinos will cast ballots in tomorrow’s GOP primaries, which is the case in most states aside from Florida. All the same, Latinos have factored into the party nominating process as a subject of debate and policy positioning. Republican candidates have devoted quite a bit of time to issues disproportionately affecting Latinos, asserting their party […]

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Latino conservatives? GOP hopes misplaced

This article was originally published at USA Today One of the Newt Gingrich campaign’s top 10 reasons for why Latinos should support him for president is that “he shares our conservative values.” Republican reasoning often goes like this: While the majority of Latinos do not agree with the GOP on fiscal or immigration matters, at […]

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