2012 Presidential Race State & National News

Survey: Republican Party Can’t Count on Florida Latino Vote

November 9, 2012

By, Stephanie Carroll Carson, Florida News Connection

MIAMI – While the nation waits for Florida’s complete election results, there is already an indication that Latinos played a large role in the number of votes received by President Obama in the Sunshine State.

A survey released this week by impreMedia and Latino Decisions found that the economy remained the number one issue for Latino voters.

University of Miami political scientist Casey Klofstad says typically a down economy works against an incumbent president, but Latinos still found more about Obama’s policies that they support.

“Despite that, Latinos in Florida think that the mixed approach the president advocates on tax increases and spending cuts is superior to Romney’s approach of only cutting spending.”

The survey also indicated that Latino voters support Obama’s immigration policy and they believe he truly cares about the Latino community.

Prior to recent years, the Republican Party considered Florida Latinos a safe bet, but that’s changed with their shifting population. In this election, Latino voters supported Obama over Romney 58 to 40 percent in Florida.

Klofstad says the growing Puerto Rican population along the Interstate 4 corridor had a big impact in swinging the Florida vote.

“If the trend of their migration continues, and as long as they remain as strongly Democratic as they are, that could really be a sea change for Democratic candidates down here in south Florida.”

Latinos are also credited by the survey for Democratic Senator Bill Nelson’s victory.

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  • RTDavis November 9, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Politicians and journalists continue to make mistakes with respect to Latinos in the U.S. One of the most irksome mistakes is the lazy habit of perceiving Latinos as a one-size-fits-all group (which then invites stereotyping). Voters with a Spanish-speaking heritage have come here from all sorts of different places, and they have arrived with different cultural and political backgrounds. But–having said that–I would also note the paradox: Latino voters overwhelmingly voted Democrat in the presidential election; so, this further complicates the problem of Republicans not appealing to Latino voters.