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Elections 2010

Elections 2010: Hispanic Voters Overwhelming Back Democrats, But Unmotivated to Vote, New Poll Says


(Chicago, IL) – October 6, 2010. Hispanic voters this year overwhelming support Democratic candidates, but they are unmotivated to vote, according to a new poll.

A new Pew Research poll reports:

Two-thirds (65%) of Latino registered voters say they plan to support the Democratic candidate in their local congressional district, while just 22% support the Republican candidate, according to a nationwide survey of Latinos.

However, Hispanic registered voters appear to be less motivated than other voters to go to the polls. Just one-third (32%) of all Latino registered voters say they have given this year’s election “quite a lot”  of thought. In contrast, half (50%) of all registered voters say the same. And when it comes to their intent to vote, half (51%) of Latino registered voters say they are absolutely certain they will vote in this year’s midterm election, while seven-in-ten (70%) of all registered voters say the same.

The results come from a new national survey of 1,375 Latinos, including 618 registered voters, conducted from Aug. 17 through Sept. 19, 2010, by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center.

Hoping to break the Illinois Democrats’ lock on Latino voters, Illinois GOP gubernatorial nominee Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), backed by Latinos for Brady, has been aggressively cultivating Illinois Hispanic voters, taking a moderate position on the key issue of immigration, for example.

We’ll see if Brady can manage more than 22% of the Hispanic vote in Illinois.

Stay tuned.

About David Ormsby

David, a public relations consultant and Huffington Post blogger, is an ex-Press Secretary of the Illinois Democratic Party.

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