December 6, 2007


Hispanics' Tilt Left Could Hurt GOP, Study Suggests (SARAH GARLAND, December 6, 2007, NY Sun)

After their votes helped vault President Bush into the White House four years ago, a study by the Pew Hispanic Center released today shows that Hispanic voters are cooling off toward Republicans and veering back toward the Democrats.

Part of the reason may be the increasing importance of immigration issues to this small but powerful voter block that is strategically situated in several key swing states, according to the study's authors, Paul Taylor and Richard Fry of the Pew Hispanic Center, a non-partisan think tank.

"There is a long way to go until the 2008 election, but the Pew survey of Latinos finds a number of potentially worrisome early signs for the GOP," the study said.

Immigration is now a central issue to nearly 80% of Hispanic voters, compared to 63% in 2004, while 41% of Hispanic voters say Democrats are doing a better job dealing with illegal immigration, compared to 14% who support the Republicans' handling of the issue.

Fortunately, the only contenders on the Democratic side are a woman and a black, tough sells in the Latino community.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 6, 2007 11:38 AM
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