Focus On: Hispanic Perspectives on Immigration and the War in Iraq

When asked to cite the least important issue in the upcoming election, all groups in a recent Synovate study agreed that same-sex marriage is at the bottom of the list, with gun control a close second. However, for Hispanics, the second least important issue is the war in Iraq (see chart below).

"This is likely due to the fact that many Hispanics, as first generation immigrants to the US, do not yet have family members serving in the military," said Tom Mularz, Senior Vice President at Synovate. "This is in sharp contrast to African-American respondents since 30% are either in the military or have family members in the military. This was the highest of all the groups surveyed so the war is going to be a much bigger issue to them."

When asked about their overall financial well being compared to two years ago, about one quarter of each race surveyed think they are better off now, while at least one-third of each group said that they are worse off. Among those that say they are in a worse financial situation now, the feeling is highest among African-Americans and Hispanics, at 41% and 41% respectively.

Slightly more than half of all whites, blacks and Hispanics surveyed indicated they will likely spend their upcoming tax relief checks while 64% of Asian-Americans plan to save it.

Clear Distinctions

Ethnic Group / Issues

Hispanic

African - American

Asian-American

Caucasian

Approve Driver Licenses for Immigrants

84%

20% or lower

20% or lower

20% or lower

Economy, Most Important Issue

Second, after Immigration

yes

yes

yes

Want to Increase Border Restrictions

20%

69%

50%

79%

Disapprove of the U.S. Presence in Iraq

85%

91%

NA

59%

Poor Rating for Bush’s performance

67%

86%

NA

61%

Least Important Issue in Upcoming Election

Same – sex marriage

Same – sex marriage

Same – sex marriage

Same – sex marriage

Second Least Important Issue in upcoming Election

War in Iraq

Gun Control

Gun Control

Gun Control

Candidates Ability to speak Spanish will Influence choice for President

40%

10%

10%

10%

Concern Unemployment – Investment Performance

Unemployment  (71%)

Unemploy-ment (74%)

NA

Investment Performance (52%)

 Source: Synovate

Related Article: 

As Race Tightens, Clinton/Obama Campaigns Vie for Hispanic Ballots (February, ’08)

DNC Releases Digital Minority Political Companies Directory  (October, ’07)


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