Hispanic Voters

While Trump was enacting his anti-immigrant agenda, Latino voters seemed to have slowly warmed up to the president. In last week’s NPR/PBS/Marist poll, 41 percent of Hispanics approved of Trump’s performance (black Americans? 12 percent). This is no outlier. Another recent poll put Trump’s approval among Latinos at 35 percent. An average of both would put Trump—again, an overtly nativist president—within about 10 points of Barack Obama’s 49 percent approval among Hispanic at roughly the same time in his presidency.

This is surprising only to those with zero understanding of both Hispanics and immigrants. Anybody who thinks that immigrants will turn out in large numbers for the folks who put on the spectacle we have seen in the past several weeks is not dealing in reality.

You need to be at least a third-generation American to get it.

As for anti-immigrant agenda, again, it’s well-known that what most immigrants want the moment they get their passports is for the door to close very tight right behind them. Legalized immigrants don’t tend to want more immigration. It’s just a fact.

Plus, there are things specific to Hispanic communities that make them a very unlikely win for Democrats. I mean, gay rights, abortion, anti-religiousness, speech codes, racial justice, the PC culture – come on, are you kidding me?

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10 thoughts on “Hispanic Voters”

  1. But everyone I know in academia says that (1) you should call them Latinx, not Hispanic, and (2) the Latinx community will never support Republicans!

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    1. I know a (non-Hispanic) professor who tried to get her Hispanic students to use the term Latinx. It got so bad, I had to intervene and talk the students down so that they wouldn’t make a formal complaint against her.

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      1. I see “Latinx” everywhere now…but i seriously want to know what people say when they read this word–like when they give a conference presentation–how do they pronounce the word or what do they say instead?

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        1. “Latinx” everywhere now…but i seriously want to know what people say when they read this ”

          I’ve heard “Latinex” on some videos….. horrible neologism, completely unnecessary…

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          1. Latinex. . . Now I really heard it all.

            Why aren’t the fans of the term trying to ask the actual “Latinex” how they feel about being called Latinex. I guess it’s because they don’t like socializing with the help.

            Dumb buggers. (This obviously isn’t aimed at the Latinex.)

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  2. It’s only surprising if you conflate “All Hispanics in this country” with “Mexican.” I would like to see a poll of the different subgroups.

    Anybody who thinks that immigrants will turn out in large numbers for the folks who put on the spectacle we have seen in the past several weeks is not dealing in reality. You need to be at least a third-generation American to get it.

    I’ve assimilated early! Actually, I couldn’t watch any of that and I’m thoroughly sick of seeing either of their faces in any news article or on tv. I wish I had or knew how to make an extension to block it.

    Plus, there are things specific to Hispanic communities that make them a very unlikely win for Democrats. I mean, gay rights, abortion, anti-religiousness, speech codes, racial justice, the PC culture – come on, are you kidding me?
    Note though, neither of those polls mentioned give the dude a plurality.

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