Hispanic Voters Echo Others' Views Except on Immigration

On most issues except immigration, Hispanic voters largely echo the views of whites, black, and Asians in a new poll from Synovate Research.

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On most issues except immigration, Hispanic voters largely echo the views of whites, black, and Asians in a new poll from Synovate Research.

On immigration issues, Hispanics are more forgiving than the other voting blocs, according to the poll. For example, when asked if U.S. borders should be more or less open, a significant majority of whites and blacks said less open, while 47 percent of Hispanics chose more open. Asians were in the middle, with 49 percent saying less open compared with 23 percent who want the borders more open. On the issue of whether "illegal immigrants should be able to get a driver's license," 80 percent or more of white, black, and Asian participants in the online poll said no, compared with just 16 percent of Hispanics who said no. Instead, 84 percent of Hispanics polled said illegal immigrants should be able to get a license.

The poll also broke down party affiliation by race and ethnicity. Among whites, it found that 28 percent say they are Democrats while 39 percent are Republican. Among African-Americans, 73 percent say they are Democrats compared with just 10 percent who are Republican. Thirty-nine percent of Asians chose Democratic compared with 16 percent for Republican. And 56 percent of Hispanics say they are Democrats while 17 percent are Republican.

—Paul Bedard