Switch to Forum Live View The Latin-American Tribe
|5 years ago :: Mar 07, 2008 - 2:13PM #1|
From The Twelve Tribes of American Politics
They represent 7.3% of the voting-age population. The majority of them are Catholic, but they also have a large Protestant minority. They are fairly orthodox in practice (53% report attending worship once a week or more) and belief (60% of the Catholics agreed with papal infallibility; 58% of the Protestants are biblical literalists).
I28% call themselves conservative, 45% are moderate and 27% consider themselves liberal. 54% of Latinos are Democrat, with 24% of them Republican, and 22% Independent:. Theirs is a rapidly growing electoral bloc especially in the Southwest; Republicans have made some gains among Latino Protestants, but not yet among the Catholics.
Orthodox-Catholic Latinos may be ripe for Republican wooing because of their more conservative cultural views (59% oppose abortion or gay marriage), but they care twice as much about economics as social issues, keeping them in the Democratic camp (more than two-fifths want government spending increased). But a majority says their faith is very important to their political thinking and they strongly support the political involvement of religious organizations.
The Latin-American tribe is fast becoming a political force to be reckoned with in the American Southwest.
The BULK of conservative Catholic voters belong to the Latin-American tribe. Hillary Clinton supports issues that go against the grain of conservative Catholics (abortion, gay marriage) yet her wins in both California, Arizona and Texas were due to overwhelming Latino turnout. Yet McCain's electoral success in the past has also been due to conservative-Latino support.
What impact will the Latino vote have in November? And for which party?
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