GOP’s lost opportunity among Hispanics is enormous

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In a new, in-depth Marist poll, 35 percent of Latino-Americans describe themselves as somewhat to very conservative. Only 27 percent describe themselves as somewhat to very liberal.

Yet when asked to identify by political party, the shift is dramatic. Just 16 percent identify as Republican, while 47 percent identify as Democrats. That’s basically a 3-1 advantage for Democrats.

Gee, I wonder why that might be?

At one level, the Republicans already know the answer. As party leaders admitted in their so-called “autopsy” of their 2012 loss to Barack Obama:

“If Hispanic Americans perceive that a GOP nominee or candidate does not want them in the United States (i.e. self-deportation), they will not pay attention to our next sentence. It does not matter what we say about education, jobs or the economy; if Hispanics think we do not want them here, they will close their ears to our policies.”

Nice words, falling on deaf ears. All in all, the Republican Party has aggravated rather than eased its problems among Hispanic Americans in the two years since that report was issued. And with every passing year, the long-term party identification of that demographic group will become more difficult to change.

Some other nuggets from the Marist poll:

  • Overall, 62 percent of American registered voters believe that Congress should create a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, compared to 35 percent who oppose the notion. Among Latinos, support jumps to 81 percent. Even 42 percent of Republicans support a pathway to citizenship.
  • Overall, 57 percent of registered voters, and 78 percent of Latinos, support President Obama’s executive orders protecting some illegal immigrants from deportation. Of the 41 percent who oppose Obama’s decision, a strong majority — 56 percent — say they do so mainly because he should have gotten congressional approval. Only 29 percent of the disapproving 41 percent say they just don’t like the policy itself.
  • Overall, 68 percent of American registered voters support the decision to reopen diplomatic relations with Cuba; just 26 percent disagree. Among Latino voters, the margins are similar.

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MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Jay's solution to maintaining that political party edge - sell your soul.

ALibNotToBeMessedW/
ALibNotToBeMessedW/

The world's glaciers are disappearing. Climate change skeptics are not. How can they be so kooky?

fedup52
fedup52

@MiltonMan @ALibNotToBeMessedW/ I don't think you read the whole article.  I like to see them calculate the net amount of glaciers gain-loss.  The equation is +ve then you got a point.  If it is -ve we have climate change.

Jeez jump into a conclusion just reading one sentence.

fedup52
fedup52

@InTheMiddle2 @ALibNotToBeMessedW/ You are right.  But the acidity of the ocean is rising rapidly.  Acidity was constant since till recently.  Last there was an increase in the acidity of the sea water that wiped out 90% of life from this planet.

Leave the science to the scientists and not politicians.

alexander2
alexander2

Been away for a week, Didn't miss much: "gee, I wonder why that might be"?  Normd, good morning-now afternoon to you.I hope the GOP creates a good policy to earn citizenship, provides adequate time (2-3- years) and polices the borders.I hope the hispanics base their votes on more than just immigration policies as suggested by Jay's opinion....

EdUktr
EdUktr

18 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed, thanks in part to cheap imported labor. 

By coldly ignoring their plight Democrats squandered their chances in the November election—and jeopardize those of 2016.

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

@honested  again, that's your opinion nothing more.   You should try using spell checker,it may help you look smarter...Then again maybe not but it's worth a try...

honested
honested

@EdUktr 

Educate me, what have republiklans done to solve the problem other than waste time on teevee?

Every one of them with illegal house or yard help could turn themselves in and take their punishment. That would go much further to solve the problem than harrumphing.

Normd
Normd

Oh, and where are my manners?  Good, good, Sunday morning to all y'all...

Normd
Normd

Have you ever noticed that in these "demonstrations" there are no people of color...other than white?  I think that's why the Hispanics vote GOP...LOL LOL  LOL


But really...From Wiki


"More than 9% of eligible voters nationwide are Latino. The majority support for Democratic candidates continues a pattern among Hispanic voters. In a December 2011, 67% of Hispanics said they were Democrats, and 20% said they were Republicans.[4]

In the 2010 midterm elections, 60% of Hispanics voted Democratic, while 38% voted Republican.[5] In 2008, 67% of Hispanics voted for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, while 31% of Hispanics voted for Republican presidential candidate John McCain.[6] In 2006, 69% of Latino voters supported Democratic candidates in congressional races, while 30% supported Republican candidates."


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hispanic_and_Latino_American_politics


Just sayin'...


honested
honested

@Normd 

Those 30% become obvious once wealth statistics are added in.

If the gop wants to add a large percentage of Hispanic voters, it appears they must first do something to ensure more Hispanics become wealthy.

Or, the gop's lunacy is showing again.

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

@honested


"it appears they must first do something to ensure more Hispanics become wealthy."


Gubment does not make people wealthy in a free market system. People make themselves wealthy. 


Prog ignorance is showing again. 

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

@Normd


As of these past elections the Rs have more power in Congress and especially in state houses than at any point since 1928. They also have 3 GOP Hispanics running for potus- Cruz, Rubio, and while Jeb Bush is not Hispanic he is married to an Hispanic and he speaks Spanish fluently. 


Just sayin,

ALibNotToBeMessedW/
ALibNotToBeMessedW/

That's just absurd. You are one crazy, crazy kook, Doomsday.

PS: how's your good friend Captain-Oblivious? He's been surprisingly absent all week. Almost as if he has been banned. LOL

honested
honested

@Doom Classical liberal @honested 

Ask the folks at Lockheed-Martin about that.

In any case, I would imagine most Hispanic voters will follow the existing pattern and vote THEIR BEST INTEREST.

Now if most teaklan types would wake up and do the same thing!

honested
honested

@MiltonMan @honested @Doom Classical liberal 

Lockheed-Martin may not be a 'government agency' but they have their own, Federally financed and maintained 'test airport' there for all to see and you might check to see how much taxpayer money flows directly to their shareholders while we receive little in return.

TheDoobieMan
TheDoobieMan

You couldn't be more wrong if you tired - no go back and restudy the issue.

LeninTime
LeninTime

Wrong Jay, Hispanics lean more towards GOP because they understand hard work, family, religion and capitalism

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Lol. That's the whopper of the day.

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

@LeninTime because they understand hard work, family, religion and capitalism.  Prove me wrong blow-hard...

honested
honested

@Bulls_3y3 @LeninTime 

Just wait till they don't have to work for wrong-wing nuts getting cash under the table!!

Boy are you in for a real wide awakening!

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

@honested  "JUST WAIT", wait for what buttercup???  More of your lies or how about you add some proof to backup your post??? 

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

@honested  true statement but how many cheaters are you talking about???  Is it one, or two cheaters or are you just making things up like they did in the Indiana brouhaha???  You should add facts to your argument instead of your opinion!!!

honested
honested

@Bulls_3y3 @honested 

Without 'illegal' jobs (that the employers know are illegal to provide), there wouldn't be 'illegal employees.

If the people paying in an 'illegal' fashion through 'illegal' jobs were suddenly brought to heel, the perceived problem would end (and the liquidation of the illegal employers assets would help finance their long stays in prison).

At the other end of the spectrum, making the 'illegal employees' legal takes away all of the financial advantage currently enjoyed by the 'illegal employers' making those employers have to compete in a 'legal' fashion.

Everybody wins but the cheats and nobody has any reason to cleave to republiklan mythology.

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

@LeninTime


Not sure what planet you live on but Hispanics are deeply embedded in the Catholic faith, family is very, very important to them, nobody disputes that they work hard, and the Hispanics immigrating here certainly seem to favor America's capitalist system- if they didn't they wouldn't brave long journeys or death in an inhospitable desert to get here. Facts are facts sir. 

honested
honested

@Bulls_3y3 @honested 

Drive by any construction site, review any landscape crew, visit any restaurant kitchen, tour any chicken peeling factory, ride by any agricultural harvest all across this state.

'One or two' might be what you would find at any given time in a small neighborhood but the reality is I am discussing the economic heart of the party that whines incessantly about things like 'border control'.

I do argue facts, maybe you should try it!

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

@honested @Bulls_3y3   You call these facts??? Drive by any construction site, review any landscape crew, visit any restaurant kitchen, tour any chicken peeling factory, ride by any agricultural harvest all across this state.

It's your petty opinion, nothing more

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

Wrong Jay, Hispanics lean more towards GOP because they understand hard work, family, religion and capitalism. 

EdUktr
EdUktr

What can one say about Republicans who accept "advice" from Jay, or Debbie Wasserman Schultz?  

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

@EdUktr they're called idiots...  Especially when its from "My lips are moving so I'm lying" Debbie Wasserman Schutz

Soothsayer2
Soothsayer2

I invite all of you to watch the Masters on CBS. This is grand theatre at its best.

Jordan Spieth who shot a 2-round total of 14 under par which is the lowest score in ANY major tournament is now at 15 under par.

Even if you don't follow golf, this is sport worth watching.

By the way, Tiger is doing pretty good.

LeninTime
LeninTime

 a bunch of hispanics want to download 6 babies for white people to pay for. African Americans are too un-interested to realize that their low paying skillset is being taken by harder working people for less money. And they're so stupid that 

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Woah, there's a whiff of fascism around here.

Jimmyliscious
Jimmyliscious

Overall, 62 percent of American registered voters believe that Congress should create a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, compared to 35 percent who oppose the notion.

Now ask the question Jay Coward, how many Americans want them entitled to go back 3 years even if they filed and didn't pay in and get EIC. Do that poll you effing coward!

Gmare
Gmare

STARTING to sound stupid??

Normd
Normd

@Jimmyliscious 


Hey Jimmy,


Better lay off the beer...you're starting to sound stupid.

Jimmyliscious
Jimmyliscious

Ohh a bunch of hispanics want to download 6 babies for white people to pay for. African Americans are too un-interested to realize that their low paying skillset is being taken by harder working people for less money. And they're so stupid that they'll still vote democrat.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@Jimmyliscious --- It's amazing to me.  Some kinda way, somehow, no matter what; BLACK PEOPLE get drawn into the conversation............ANY conversation, no matter what the subject is.

Bad weather? Well, black people are so stupid that they'll still vote democrat.

Broke my ankle?  Well, black people are so stupid that they'll still vote democrat.

Kids need a new bike? Well, black people are so stupid that they'll still vote democrat.

New new brakes?  Well, black people are so stupid that they'll still vote democrat.

Bookman on vacation?  Well, black people are so stupid that they'll still vote democrat.

Anyone see the Final Four? Well, black people are so stupid that they'll still vote democrat.

Republicans, quick to yell, "REVERSE RACISM!!"; but quick to throw the race card.

They put that s##t on everything.