This diary presents some polls on the social and political views of the growing Latino/Hispanic US population. Overall, the evidence I've come across clearly suggests that Latinos are more economically liberal than the general population, the evidence is equivocal about whether they're socially conservative, but it appears that whatevr their views on social issues, Latinos/Hispanics do not prioritize them as highly as conservatives generally.
Of course this data about the fastest growing group of voters is of interest as a potential indicator of the US's future (at least to the extent that the US has a democracy).
First up, Latino/Hispanics are trending toward the Democratic party in presidential elections:
2004: 41% voted Republican
2008: 31% voted Republican
2012: 27% voted Republican
Second, they're economically liberal by some measures from a 2011 Pew Poll:
In addition, Latinos/Hispanics are significantly less likely to prioritize deficit hawkery -- 11% of Hispanic registered voters, compared to 21% of the general pop -- according to a 2012 Gallup poll (though Latinos mirror the general US pop. on most other econ issues -- jobs, growth, and income inequality):
On abortion, the evidence is equivocal. According to the same 2011 Pew Poll:
The results above don't gel particularly well with some exit polling after the 2012 election, unless Latino voters hold significantly different views than Latino non-voters:
Exit poll results found that about two-thirds of Hispanics (66%) said that abortion should be legal while 28% disagreed. Among all voters, a somewhat smaller majority (59%) would allow legal abortions while 37% were opposed.
Whatever the case, large majorities of Hispanics/Latinos don't appear to consider abortion to be a very "crucial" issue, according to The Public Religion Research Institute:
Relatively few black Americans and Hispanic Americans believe that cultural issues such as abortion (17% and 30%) and same-sex marriage (18% and 26%) are critical issues facing the country.
Last, Latino/Hispanic views on gays might mirror the general population:
Or they may be significantly more liberal on issues like gay marriage:
Nearly six-in-ten Latino voters (59%) said their state should legally recognize same-sex marriage while 32% said their state should not. But among all voters, about half (48%) favored legalization of gay marriage while nearly the same share said they would oppose it (47%).
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