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POL 168 Chican@/Latin@ Politics. Professor Brad Jones Dept. of Political Science UC-Davis Winter 2008. Latino Participation. What is political participation? The different flavors? Barriers to participation? Costs associated with participation

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pol 168 chican@ latin@ politics

POL 168Chican@/Latin@ Politics

Professor Brad Jones

Dept. of Political Science

UC-Davis

Winter 2008

latino participation
Latino Participation
  • What is political participation?
    • The different flavors?
  • Barriers to participation?
    • Costs associated with participation
    • For Latino/a community, language may be an issue.
  • General findings:
    • On most indicators of participation, Latinos tend to exhibit lower rates compared to Anglos
    • Reasons?
some data
Some Data
  • Pew 2004 National Survey of Latinos: Politics and Civic Participation
  • National survey of Latino/a individuals
  • Let’s turn to some simple analysis and see what we learn.
interest in politics
Interest in Politics
  • Interest in politics does a good job of predicting subsequent participation.
  • Contrast Latina vs. Latino
  • Question asks about attention paid to politics.
other results
Other Results
  • Mexican Origin slightly less attentive compared to non-Mexican origin.
  • Cuban Origin significantly more attentive to politics compared to non-Cubano
  • No significant differences in attentiveness for Central or South American descent.
  • Comparisons to Anglo population?
party affiliation
Party Affiliation
  • Why care about party affiliation?
    • Closed primaries
    • Dominance of two-party system (like it or not)
  • Concerns about “monolithic” vote.
    • Is it fair to characterize Latino/as as a singular group?
  • Let’s consider some data.
identification by origin mexican
Identification by Origin: Mexican
  • Mexican Origin
    • About 14 percent identify REPUBLICAN
    • About 35 percent identify DEMOCRAT
    • About 26 percent identify INDEPENDENT
    • About 12 percent identify as “SOMETHING ELSE”
  • Take-away points?
identification by origin cuba
Identification by Origin: Cuba
  • Cuban Origin
    • About 47 percent identify REPUBLICAN
    • About 19 percent identify DEMOCRAT
    • About 17 percent identify INDEPENDENT
    • About 6 percent identify as “SOMETHING ELSE”
  • Take-away points?
identification by origin puerto rico
Identification by Origin: Puerto Rico
  • Puerto Rican Origin
    • About 16 percent identify REPUBLICAN
    • About 44 percent identify DEMOCRAT
    • About 17 percent identify INDEPENDENT
    • About 12 percent identify as “SOMETHING ELSE”
  • Take-away Points?
identification central american
Identification: Central American
  • Central American Origin
    • 14 percent REPUBLICAN
    • 32 percent DEMOCRAT
    • 31 percent INDEPENDENT
    • 6 percent SOMETHING ELSE
    • “Leaners” 47 percent DEM
identification south american
Identification: South American
  • South American Origin
    • 17 percent REPUBLICAN
    • 36 percent DEMOCRAT
    • 28 percent INDEPENDENT
    • 10 percent SOMETHING ELSE
    • “Leaners” 47 percent DEM
implications of all of this
Implications of all of this?
  • Are Latino/as monolithic, in terms of partisanship?
  • What do these sliver of data suggest for the future? (If anything)
  • Other interesting features of these data…
  • “Descriptive Representation”
    • To what extent are Latino/as represented by a Latino/a?
    • Does it matter?
descriptive representation
Descriptive Representation
  • “Latinos are more likely to vote if there are Latinos on the ballot.” (Agree/Disagree)
descriptive representation19
Descriptive Representation
  • “Latino Voters are more likely to vote for a Latino candidate instead of a non-Latino running for the same office if they have the same qualifications.” (Agree/Disagree)
other results20
Other Results
  • 56 percent of respondents agree with the statement: “Latino voters will usually pick a Latino candidate even if there is a better qualified non-Latino running…”.
  • 37 percent of respondents agree with the statement: “I am more likely to vote if there are Latinos on the ballot.” (i.e. most disagree)
  • Implications of this?
side trip to immigration
Side-trip to Immigration
  • You didn’t think I could keep away from it…
  • 65 percent say undocumented migrants “help the economy by providing low-cost labor.”
  • 61 percent of Republican Latinos agree.
  • 56 percent of US-born Latinos agree.
  • 78 percent of Mexican origin agree
  • 56 percent of Cuban origin agree
  • 41 percent of Puerto Rican origin agree
  • 69 percent of Central American origin agree
  • 61 percent of South American origin agree
immigration
Immigration
  • 54 percent support guest worker program with provision migrants must return to their home country.
  • 67 percent of Republican Latinos agree.
  • 51 percent of US-born Latinos agree.
  • 57 percent of Mexican origin agree
  • 64 percent of Cuban origin agree
  • 42 percent of Puerto Rican origin agree
  • 43 percent of Central American origin agree
  • 50 percent of South American origin agree
immigration23
Immigration
  • 87 percent support “path-to-citizenship.”
  • 85 percent of Republican Latinos agree.
  • 80 percent of US-born Latinos agree.
  • 90 percent of Mexican origin agree
  • 91 percent of Cuban origin agree
  • 79 percent of Puerto Rican origin agree
  • 90 percent of Central American origin agree
  • 90 percent of South American origin agree
immigration24
Immigration
  • 57 say immigrants “have to speak English to say they are part of American society.”
  • 65 percent of Republican Latinos agree.
  • 53 percent of US-born Latinos agree.
  • 54 percent of Mexican origin agree
  • 65 percent of Cuban origin agree
  • 54 percent of Puerto Rican origin agree
  • 54 percent of Central American origin agree
  • 71 percent of South American origin agree
immigration25
Immigration
  • 82 percent say immigrants “have to believe in the US Constitution to say they are part of American society.”
  • 91 percent of Republican Latinos agree.
  • 81 percent of US-born Latinos agree.
  • 80 percent of Mexican origin agree
  • 91 percent of Cuban origin agree
  • 78 percent of Puerto Rican origin agree
  • 81 percent of Central American origin agree
  • 84 percent of South American origin agree
immigration26
Immigration
  • 55 percent say immigrants “have to become a US citizen to say they are part of American society.”
  • 64 percent of Republican Latinos agree.
  • 57 percent of US-born Latinos agree.
  • 51 percent of Mexican origin agree
  • 63 percent of Cuban origin agree
  • 63 percent of Puerto Rican origin agree
  • 52 percent of Central American origin agree
  • 47 percent of South American origin agree
immigration27
Immigration
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Lb3oFzCj_0