Hispanic Voters and The Immigration Debate: Right Principles, Wrong Approach
Posts by Nicole McCleskey
Hispanic Voters and The Immigration Debate: Right Principles, Wrong Approach

The very word “immigration” puts Hispanic Americans on edge. They know we’re talking about “them,” and they worry. When someone of Spanish-speaking descent as we had in our focus groups hears the word “immigration,” they brace for the worst. As they say … “immigration means brown people. ALL brown people.” If they are white it does not matter who is speaking, Republican or Democrat. One participant in our group said, “I feel like they are talking to me even though I was born here… People think that because you are Spanish you are not supposed to be here.”

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Hispanic Voters: The Ronald Reagan Legacy and Leadership Opportunity

For many Hispanics born early enough to remember, Ronald Reagan provides some of their earliest – and most positive – memories of “Republican.” Our groups asked participants to search the recesses of their memories and for many, the imprint of Ronald Reagan is one of their earliest and strongest memories. Words or phrases they use to describe Reagan include: “family values,” “real connection to people,” “he had cojones,” “he didn’t mess around” and “was respected by the world.” Even those too young to remember have a similar sense from their conversations with family or study of the Reagan era.

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The Hispanic Vote: Challenging Our Assumptions

Republicans are in general agreement about one central premise as we look ahead to future elections—we must do better with Hispanic voters.  That begins with challenging some long held assumptions. Data referenced below is taken from a post-election survey conducted in New Mexico among 500 voters who cast a ballot in 2012.  Thirty-seven percent (37%) […]

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Hispanic Outreach in 2012

Population shifts and the growth of the numbers of future Hispanic voters will realign American politics.  Several groups and organizations are expanding their “Latino outreach” programs to communicate with Hispanic voters to earn a larger slice of the Hispanic vote for Republican candidates. But what is Latino outreach and will it work?  Latino outreach that […]

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Hispanic Voters: Opportunity for GOP as Obama Falters?

With much speculation about Hispanics and the 2012 election, we thought it worth taking a look.  Anecdotally you hear whispers (some louder than others) about President Obama’s erosion in the Hispanic community, that Hispanics are turning against him headed into 2012.  But is it true? In 2008, Obama received 66{09f965da52dc6ab4c1643a77bd40d1f729d807040cd8db540234bb981a782222} of the Hispanic vote, an […]

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