miércoles, 8 de mayo de 2013

The November elections and immigration reform in the US...

The perception that Republicans must broaden their base to attract Hispanic votes spurred the formation of the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" following the November US elections. Will the surprising information in a US Census Bureau report published today dampen interest in reforming US immigration policy?

It turns out that even though 1.4 million more Latinos voted in the presidential election in 2012 than four years earlier, not even half (48%) of the Hispanics who were eligible to vote in 2012 did. The number of Hispanics eligible to vote grew more -- 2.3 million more Hispanics were eligible to vote in 2012 than in 2008. That being said, time will ensure that Hispanics become a more important voting bloc in the future. Hispanics account for 24% of the under 18 population, compared to 17% of the total US population.

The turnout rate of Hispanics in last November's election was well below that of blacks (66.2%) or whites (64.1%). Hispanics' turnout rate last November was lower than in 2008, when 49.9% of those eligible to vote did, 1.9 percentage points higher than in the 2012 presidential election.

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