Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Latino immigrants are neither Democrats nor Republicans, analysis says

Republicans say most new citizens vote Democratic, the facts are a bit different.   - - Donna Poisl

by Brian Latimer and Jacquellena Carrero

Rep. Steve King may have recently claimed that two-thirds of new citizens would vote Democrat, but a new analysis says this is not the case.

The analysis by Latino Decisions showed that three-quarters of eligible Latino citizens do not side with either party. Using raw, empirical data from the 2006 National Latino Survey, researchers found that 72 percent of undocumented Latino immigrants are largely non-partisan.

“We pulled up data and isolated more than 5,000 Latinos in the immigrant population that were Legal Permanent Residents or on the way to citizenship,” says Adrian Pantoia, a Senior Analyst with Latino Decisions and professor of Politics at Pitzer College in California. “Within this data, we found that 71 percent of the population just haven’t picked a party.”
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