Survey: Latinos heavily skewing Democratic

12/07/07 Mitch E. Perry
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On Sunday, the Repubican candidates for president will hold their third televised debate in six weeks in Florida. But unlike the event in Orlando in October or last week’s slug fest in St. Petersburg, the main audience for Sunday night’s forum at the University of Miami will be Spanish language speakers.

The debate will be nationally televised by Univision, and immigration is sure to be one of the dominant issues. It comes on the heels of a newly released report that says that 57 percent of Latino registered voters now call themselves Democrats or lean toward the Democratic Party, compared with 23 percent aligned with Republicans.

Richard Fry is co-author of the report, released by the Pew Hispanic Center.

One of the most interesting aspects of the Pew Report is that Latinos who align themselves with the GOP don’t see their party as being more concerned than Democrats when it comes to their issues.

According to the report, no ethnic or racial group is growing faster than Latinos in the U.S. population. In the three years since the Kerry-Bush election, the Hispanic population has grown 13 percent. But in terms of registered voters, there is only 2 million more.

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