GOP in Trouble with Latino Voters

David Montero, Salt Lake Tribune, December 12, 2011

A national poll released Monday showed 73 percent of Latino voters view the Republican Party as either ignoring or being outright hostile to them–an illustration of the difficulties the GOP has heading into the 2012 election.

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According to the survey of 500 registered Latino voters, only 9 percent said they were certain they would vote for a Republican presidential candidate while 43 percent were certain they would vote for President Barack Obama.

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In 2008, Obama captured 67 percent of the Latino vote compared to 31 percent for Republican Sen. John McCain. When Obama swept into the White House, the Latino vote in key swing states of Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Florida was considered critical to his victory.

Ryan Call, chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, said he knows the party has its work cut out for it. He has already started a broad outreach to the Latino community in the state.

“The Colorado Republican Party is investing in resources–many more than in past years–to court and reach out to the Latino vote and Latinos in our community to win their votes,” Call said. “It’s very important because without a great percentage of the Hispanic vote, Republicans will have a hard time winning Colorado as well as other swing states.”

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The survey was conducted across 21 states that comprise 95 percent of the Latino electorate and it has a margin of error of plus of minus 4.3 percent. Interviews were conducted in the language of preference–with 40 percent of those participating in the poll doing the survey in Spanish.

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  • Jupiter7

    Hispanics are demanding that Native Born White Americans commit racial suicide within America town by town,city by city,county by county, and state by state. Native Born White Americans are under no obligation to do this. If the Republican Party goes along with this..the Republican Party like the Democratic Party has no legitmacy..they are both the parties of full-blown treason.

    There are no economic,demographic,cultural, and ecological reasons for importing even one mexican,cuban,salvadoran and any other hispanic group-never was…unless you are an enthusiast for transforming America into an ecological disaster area.

  • Anonymous

    “Swing state”: n. a state of the United States that whites are still in the process of fleeing.

  • Question Diversity

    The GOP is always in trouble with Latino voters, and outside of a few niche constituencies in a few niche territories, the GOP never wins a majority of the Hispanic vote, either nationally or in statewide races. That is because, as former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson put it so aptly, Hispanic voters want “fully funded welfare programs” from the political process and from government.

    Yet, somehow, the GOP often wins elections. I wonder white that is, er, why that is. Freudian slip there.

    “The Colorado Republican Party is investing in resources—many more than in past years—to court and reach out to the Latino vote and Latinos in our community to win their votes,” Call said. “It’s very important because without a great percentage of the Hispanic vote, Republicans will have a hard time winning Colorado as well as other swing states.”

    Governor Dan Maes and Senator Ken Buck prove that. Uh…

  • Anonymous

    A national poll says “73 percent of Latino voters view the Republican Party as either ignoring or being outright hostile to them”

    When has a poll ever been conducted to see what percentage of whites view either of the major parties as being either ignorant or hostile to them?!

    This is just one of many countless articles from the left wing media telling Republicans to “reach out” to hisapnics or else they’ll never be able to win. And most in the stupid party keep believing this balony and the absudity that hispanics can be turned into a reliable constituency. The below average scholastic performance of third and forth generation hispanics guarantees that Mestizos will continue to have relentlessly higher rates of poverty and welfare use. As a result, their voting patterns always favor the party that promises the biggest government. And if genetic differences are a factor in these disparities the gaps have no chance of ever vanishing and the patterns of voting will remain.

  • Vito Danelli

    Isn’t Marco Rubio, the JUNIOR (less than one year served) Senator from Florida supposed to be the GOP’s Poster Boy for attracting Latino voters?

    I think this recent controversy about Rubio “embellishing” when his parents came from Cuba was done to get any skeletons out before Little Marco is chosen as the VP pick in 2012.

    Another Sarah Palin in the making!

  • Anonymous

    Instead of reaching out to hispanics, the Colorado Republican party ought to do something about vote fraud. Every election cycle we hear about Republican outreach to hispanics, who are “natural Republicans” according to the GOP elite. These idiots will never admit that people who are tax eaters will never vote for them. We also hear that Asians are “natural Republicans” too. Of course, that too is another GOP dream.

  • Mike Harrigan

    The 2012 presidential election is less than a year away. Let the gop pandering to minorities begin. God forbid the republicans stand up for their base and do the right thing.

  • Dave

    That is because, as former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson put it so aptly, Hispanic voters want “fully funded welfare programs” from the political process and from government.

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    Question Diversity, you nailed it. Hispanics, like most minorities, want high taxes, generous welfare, and affirmative, action, because they (correctly) believe they will be the beneficiaries of such policies. Even middle-class Hispanics often favor big government because they believe government protects them from discrimination. The GOP fundamentally has little to offer them–but that won’t stop panderers like McCain from trying to out-capitulate the Democrats on immigration.

  • Fritz

    Republicans certainly have been ignoring them for way too long. Republicans had better start figuring out they can encourge the illegal ones to leave. It didn’t take a genius to predict how Hispanics would vote once they dug in here, but the stupid party has been as worthless as that other stupid party when it came to stopping this flood of invaders. The Republican party needs to go away, but not before a third party on the left comes along that can dilute the Democrats numbers. The best thing that might eventually happen for conservative Whites is to have Hispanics form their own party. This would not only weaken the Democrats, but add legitimacy to a Euro-centrist party (you wouldn’t get away with calling it a White party). You may call me a dreamer, but this is the only positive outcome I can imagine out of this nightmare we have no way of reversing.

  • Anonymous

    Republicans will never get the predominant support of any minority group. They should be pursuing the “Sailer strategy”.

  • Question Diversity

    8 Dave:

    You just proved why Hispanderers like John McCain lose. A Hispanic voter, when given the choice between a party that wants somewhat open borders and some welfare, and another party that wants fully open borders and a lot of welfare, will almost always vote for the latter.

  • Anonymous

    Another bogus pole from the GOP to justify pandering, Deport the illegals, stimulate the private sector and cut off the welfare.

    Legal residents will adhere and prosper. The GOP encourages bad behavior from hispanics by pandering to them jsut like the blacks.

  • Anonymous

    The reason why the GOP never seems to attract a majority of “latino” voters is there is no such thing. A spanish speaking person who votes republican is simply identified as another white person. While a spanish speaking person who votes democrat, magically become a “latino” and gets the dubious honor of being lumped in with amerinds and blacks.

    The issue does not exist. 99.9% of spanish speaking people could vote for the GOP and they would STILL say they are in trouble with “latino” voters.

  • Anon

    “The GOP fundamentally has little to offer them—but that won’t stop panderers like McCain from trying to out-capitulate the Democrats on immigration. ”

    Even still, thank god they didn’t vote McCain or the only real opposition to amnesty would have been gone.

  • Jack Krak

    It’s amazing to me how this familiar Republicans vs. Latinos theme is always presented in terms of what Republicans are doing wrong. It’s never framed in terms of “who the hell are these people to show up in our house and tell us how we can better serve them?”. Idiot guilty white liberal types just assume that it’s natural that we should pass out customer satisfaction surveys at the border so we can keep changing our policies to keep up with whatever Juan & Miguel think we should be doing.

  • Anonymous

    @ # 5 Vito: I refused to vote for the Republican Rubio. When the rubber meets the road, la raza is always first. Second, he is a member of the “young neocon breakfast club,” and models himself after the Bush clan. The fact that he is less despicable than his (white) Democrat colleague, Bill Nelson, shows you how anti-white both major parties are, and tells you a lot about Florida.

  • Anonymous

    Well of course. Didnt Dubya Bush believe this? Didnt he open the flood gates and let 30 million reds in to build all those now foreclosed homes and do jobs nobody else would do who never left and are still in all 49 states?

  • Dom

    8 “Question Diversity, you nailed it. Hispanics, like most minorities, want high taxes, generous welfare, and affirmative, action, because they (correctly) believe they will be the beneficiaries of such policies. Even middle-class Hispanics often favor big government because they believe government protects them from discrimination. The GOP fundamentally has little to offer them—but that won’t stop panderers like McCain from trying to out-capitulate the Democrats on immigration.”

    and now you nailed it! Hispanics are just behaving like every other immigrants or minorities. But they are not assimilating like Irish, Germans, Italians did.

  • sbuffalonative

    This goes back to President Reagan and his support for Cuban American’s fight against Castro and Reagan’s ‘one-time-only’ amnesty.

    In both instances, Reagan and the GOP saw a rise in support from Hispanics. However, the support was limited and it was short-term.

    Are Hispanics now supporting the GOP because of Reagan’s long-ago ‘one-time-only’ amnesty? No. They’ve long since forgotten what Reagan did for them. Likewise, I read that Cuban American support for the GOP in Florida has fallen below 40%.

    If you give Hispanics money and programs, yes, you can buy their vote for one or two elections. However, Hispanics will never support Republicans in any significant number unless the Republicans promise and deliver the moon.

  • Seek

    Newt Gingrich is one of those Hispanderers. He is so utterly consumed by the “need” of his party to attract Hispanic voters — a vote that will never materialize, no matter how the GOP “reaches out” — that he fails to see he will chase away white swing voters. Which is why in a head-to-head matchup with Obama in November 2012, he will follow in the footsteps of McCain: Obama will win going away.

  • Anonymous

    No, the solution is deporting the 20 to 30 million Illegal Aliens, most of which are Hispanic, and then GOP can concentrate entirely on its White base of voters.

  • Anonymous

    Vito #5: If the GOP wants to ensure another trashing at the Polls in November 2012, then they should have Rubio, or that Indian guy from Louisiana on the ballot as Vice President.

    The GOP will shoot themselves in the foot with that kind of approach, because I, and everyone I know, won’t vote for the Republican nominees.

    No, it will be Third Party Candidates all the way.

  • Anonymous

    GOP is working to get Obama reelected.

    http://ppjg.wordpress.com/2011/12/12/newty-and-the-donald/

  • John Engelman

    Hispanics who vote Republican do not vote Republican for the reasons most Hispanics vote Democrat. They vote Republican for the reasons most whites vote Republican. They vote Republican because they are affluent, and/or socially conservative.

    In addition, many Hispanics are opposed to illegal immigration for the same reason most blacks are. They know that illegal immigration has a depressing effect on their wages.

  • Anonymous

    Probably get more Hispanic votes by not pandering to them. If Republicans keep the immigration issue generic and not personal, they could do a lot better. Gingrich explained the issue in the realistic logical way – or as best as possible in order to get Hispanic votes. Not sure it will work. Probably not.

    Percentage wise, there’s not enough Whites anymore to influence national elections, especially since a good 30-40% are suicidal and will vote democrat. Darker skinned people will overwhelmingly vote democrat because they want to stick it to whitey. Even the educated ones (Asians, Indians) vote to the left in order to keep the Whites in check. Whites- always remember that we are their traditional enemy, and that will not change. Bashing Whites is cultural and politically correct, and it’s safe to do.

  • WR the elder

    Had neocons like George W. Bush and John McCain actually enforced immigration law for the past 30 years there wouldn’t be nearly so many Latinos here for them to worry about getting their votes from.

    Newt Gingrich wants illegal alien amnesty, an excellent reason not to vote for him. I have noticed that the press elevates whichever Republican candidate favors illegal immigration and makes him the front runner. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

    I sure wish there was a viable third party. Let’s face it, the Republicans get the white vote only by default. The Democrats are virulently anti-white, and that’s the only reason so many whites keep voting for the party of war and tax cuts for the rich.

  • white is right, black is whack

    24 — John Engelman wrote at 3:49 PM on December 14:

    Hispanics who vote Republican do not vote Republican for the reasons most Hispanics vote Democrat. They vote Republican for the reasons most whites vote Republican. They vote Republican because they are affluent, and/or socially conservative.

    Most are socially conservative? Like the gangbangers? Like the Hispanics who have out of wedlock children?

    In addition, many Hispanics are opposed to illegal immigration for the same reason most blacks are. They know that illegal immigration has a depressing effect on their wages.

    Blacks want more nonwhites to dilute the white (male) power structure, just as Hispanics want more Hispanics here to wield the political and economic power especially in the Southwest. The blacks that are against illegal immigration are only that way because they see that as competition for goodies and freebies from the white majority. Hispanics who are against illegals might actually have came here legally and thus resent people who try to cheat and break in here.

  • Hunter Morrow

    There has never, ever been a time when Hispanics voted in majority numbers for GOP candidates in either a national congressional election or a presidential election. They have been Democrats for decades.

    How could the GOP possibly bring a group a back into the fold when they have never been part of the group to begin with?

    Now, the only reason the GOP is in “trouble” is the reason that the nation as a whole is in trouble. Hispanics were permitted, in the past 60 years, to go from 1 percent of America to nearly 20 percent. Hispanics are now the second largest race group in America.

    The GOP permitted this with lax border patrols, no border wall, and the passage of numerous revisions to immigration quotas.

    Every year, 450 thousand illegals enter this country and every year 1 million legal immigrants stream in. This is the bed the GOP made. They show no inclination to construct a true border wall or cease legal immigration. This is the brown sty the corporate pigs who bought the GOP built so now they have to roil in it.

  • Anonymous

    #15 Jack Krak, sees the real problem here. Too bad Republicans don’t.

  • Anonymous

    Dom wrote “Even middle-class Hispanics often favor big government because they believe government protects them from discrimination.

    Dom, may I respectfully suggest a change of wording to reflect what Hispanics and non Whites truly want.

    Even middle-class Hispanics of favor big government because they believe government grossly discriminates against Whites in favor of Hispanics, blacks, Asians, Pacific Islanders and Middle Easterners.

    FYI everyone, “middle class” Hispanics, like so called middle class blacks are just jumped up ghetto trash with government jobs they could never get on merit.