Question of the Day: Hispanic Voters and Social Issues

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 and is filed under Blog, Family Values, Issues

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According to exit polls, Hispanic voters in California backed Proposition 8 in 2008 by a 53-47 margin.  Keep in mind that California is one of the bluest states, particularly on social issues, and 2008 was a terrible year for Republicans.  Obama won California by 24 points even as he won nationally by 7 points.

Overall, Hispanics voted for Obama over McCain by a 36 point margin, but in California that chose Obama by a whopping 51-point margin!  Yet, a small majority still voted for a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.  There has not been a reliable stream of polling data nationally, but one could presume that the average level of Hispanic support for gay marriage nationwide is significantly lower than that of Hispanics in California.

Today, Life News is reporting that a new survey finds Hispanic voters in the D.C. area (again, presumably more liberal than the average Hispanic voter) are overwhelmingly pro life:

The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute polled Hispanic immigrants in the Washington metropolitan area. The study consisted of 279 one-on-one interviews among immigrants of Hispanic descent.

In total, 83 percent of the Hispanics in the survey oppose abortion CHLI said and, even among liberals, 60% oppose abortion.

More specifically, 52 percent said they strongly opposed abortion and 28 percent said they were somewhat opposed to abortion. Only 15 percent said they support legal abortions.

This begs the question: if the GOP consultants feel we need to support amnesty in order to appeal to Hispanic voters, why don’t we ever hear them advocating that we solicit their support with a strong campaign on family values?