Hispanics Cool to GOP, Poll Finds

29 September 2013 |permalink | email article

A new survey shows that Hispanics, the nation’s largest minority group, are increasingly hostile toward the Republican Party during the political battle over changing immigration law and lean surprisingly liberal on social issues like gay marriage. More than 6 in 10 Hispanic respondents said they felt closer to the Democratic Party than they had in the past. while only 3 in 10 said said they felt closer to the Republican Party. When Hispanics were asked to offer descriptions of the parties, 48 percent of the responses about Republicans were negative associations like “intolerant,” and “out of touch” while 22 percent of the responses for the Democrats were negative.

The outlook for Republicans has grown increasingly negative since 2004, when President George W. Bush won reelection with 44 percent of the Hispanic vote. The survey by thr Public Religion Research Institute, a nonprofit research group in Washington, found that 56 percent of registered Hispanic voters identified with the Democrats, while 19 percent identified with Republicans, and 19 percent as independents.

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