Hispanic Voters May Sit Out Midterms

They favor Democrats but aren't eager to vote this year
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2010 7:00 PM CDT
Hundreds of members of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor march to the Arizona state capitol in protest of Arizona's immigration law in July.   (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

(Newser) – A new poll of Hispanic voters brings a serious dose of good news/bad news for Democrats. The good: Latino voters overwhelmingly favor Democrats over Republicans, 65% to 22%. The bad: It doesn't matter because they probably won't vote. Only 51% or registered Hispanics tell the Pew Hispanic Center that they will definitely go to the polls, reports the New York Times. That's compares to 70% of all registered voters.

In other words, if Democrats hoped to get a bump from Hispanics enraged over Arizona's immigration law, they can probably forget it. A lack of overall progress on immigration reform seems to have left them disillusioned. At the same time, the Times notes that the opposing side in the immigration debate has no such malaise. “Every day I get calls from candidates,” says Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio, referring to requests for his endorsement.

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