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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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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