Here’s a shocker for you </sarcasm>. In a new poll conducted by a GOP pollster, it was found that…get ready for this…Latino voters do not trust the Republican Party. Who would have thought, right?
Apparently, Latino voters have figured out what white middle conservative are still clueless about – namely that the GOP doesn’t give a damn about them except when it comes to soliciting their vote at election time. Numbers show that the percentage of Latinos who hold a favorable view of the Republican Party stands at a dismal 26% compared to 47% holding an unfavorable view. The fav/unfav numbers for Dems by the same group is 62/22. A full one third of Latinos say they would never vote for a Republican.
The big issue is of course immigration reform and matters such as the Arizona immigration law have only helped in pushing Latinos further toward the Democratic Party. Latinos are looking for true reform and a reasonable pathway to citizenship for illegals. There is nothing Republicans are saying these days which would indicate that that’s about to happen. The overall tone from conservatives in terms of immigrants (Latino and otherwise) tends to come off as pure disdain and racist in nature. The Republican ‘big tent’ approach isn’t working for Hispanics as much as it does for white, Christian, gun-loving, minority-hating, Americans.
Here’s a list of concerns and complaints which Latino have about the GOP. They know them well.
So why is any of this a big deal? Well because Hispanics are the fastest growing minority in the United States comprising a full 16% of the population. That means 1 out of every 6 people living in the U.S. is of Hispanic origin and the numbers only get worse for the GOP. The median age for Hispanics is 27.4 years compared to 36 years for the general population. More than 1 out of every 5 American children is Hispanic (22%) and by the year 2050 that number is projected to be 39%. By that same year, 1 out of every 4 people in the U.S. will be Hispanic.
Republicans might not like it but 48.4 million people living in the United States are Hispanic and they’re not fond of the policies and rhetoric they’re hearing from conservatives. Unless Republicans drastically change their views, they’re looking at full time minority statues in the years and decades ahead.