New Faces, New Voices: The Hispanic Electorate in America

New Faces, New Voices: The Hispanic Electorate in America

by Marisa Abrajano, Michael Alvarez
     
 

ISBN-10: 069115435X

ISBN-13: 9780691154350

Pub. Date: 03/25/2012

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Making up 14.2 percent of the American population, Hispanics are now the largest minority group in the United States. Clearly, securing the Hispanic vote is more important to political parties than ever before. Yet, despite the current size of the Hispanic population, is there a clear Hispanic politics? Who are Hispanic voters? What are their political preferences

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Making up 14.2 percent of the American population, Hispanics are now the largest minority group in the United States. Clearly, securing the Hispanic vote is more important to political parties than ever before. Yet, despite the current size of the Hispanic population, is there a clear Hispanic politics? Who are Hispanic voters? What are their political preferences and attitudes, and why? The first comprehensive study of Hispanic voters in the United States, New Faces, New Voices paints a complex portrait of this diverse and growing population.

Examining race, politics, and comparative political behavior, Marisa Abrajano and R. Michael Alvarez counter the preconceived notion of Hispanic voters as one homogenous group. The authors discuss the concept of Hispanic political identity, taking into account the ethnic, generational, and linguistic distinctions within the Hispanic population. They compare Hispanic registration, turnout, and participation to those of non-Hispanics, consider the socioeconomic factors contributing to Hispanics' levels of political knowledge, determine what segment of the Hispanic population votes in federal elections, and explore the prospects for political relationships among Hispanics and non-Hispanics. Finally, the authors look at Hispanic opinions on social and economic issues, factoring in whether these attitudes are affected by generational status and ethnicity.

A unique and nuanced perspective on the Hispanic electoral population, New Faces, New Voices is essential for understanding the political characteristics of the largest and fastest growing group of minority voters in the United States.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691154350
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/25/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
1,347,115
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1: Hispanic Political Identity 18

Chapter 2: Hispanic Public Opinion and Partisanship 35

Chapter 3: Turnout and Political Participation 74

Chapter 4: Political Knowledge, Effi cacy, and Awareness 102

Chapter 5: Voting Behavior 125

Chapter 6: Intergroup Relations and Coalition Building 152

Conclusion: The Complexity of Studying Hispanic Political Behavior 175

Postscript: Hispanics and the 2008 Election 185

Appendix: Research Design and Organization 199

References 201

Index 215

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