Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Socially Conservative Hispanics

Hispanics tend to be very conservative on social issues:

Of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, about 80 percent are from Latin America. And, according to a 2002 Pew Hispanic Center poll, 77 percent of foreign-born Latinos believe that abortion is unacceptable, and 73 percent reject homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle.

But LatinoPundit doesn't agree.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Certainly the Latinos seem to overwhelmingly vote for leftists in their native countries. There have been a whole series of examples in recent elections.

I suspect that they vote their wallets and that their economic situation supercedes their values on social issues. Given that they are among the poorest people in America, I suspect that pattern will continue here and that if they are given the vote, they will vote overwhelmingly for Democrats. Poor, ignorant people usually do and that is already the established pattern for those Hispanics who are already voting citizens.

I don't think that being Catholic makes one automatically a social conservative. The American Catholic vote is split about 50/50 between Republicans and Democrats.

And I think the largest and fastest growing group of unwed mothers is now Hispanic. Apparently their social conservative beliefs do not translate into a socially conservative lifestyle. Crime data also supports this assertion. One would expect social conservatives to be less apt to commit crimes but Hispanics are vastly overrepresented in our prisons.

Or maybe they are only socially conservative on Sunday. Unfortunately elections are usually held on weekdays.

3/08/2006 11:47 AM  

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