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The Hispanic vote is a sleeping giant Politico. Perhaps Never Wake.

The Hispanic vote is a sleeping giant Politico. Perhaps Never Wake.

By Chris Cillizza

Washington Post

The rapid growth of Latinos in the last decade suggest that the problems of Republicans also could drastically limit your ability to win swing states in 2016, 2020 and beyond.

Unless Hispanic voters do not vote. And, The Untold Story of the elections 2012 It is that Hispanics could take a step back when it comes to their influence in politics for the presidency of the United States. That reality is illuminated by a study conducted by the PEW Research Center. Which released the numbers of the last election for the presidency of the United States 2012.

Three graphics tell the story. The first is a comparison of the increase in the number of votes cast in the rough for Hispanics in the last presidential elections. While more than 1.4 million Hispanics voted in 2012 more than the 2008, It was the smallest increase since 1996.


The second table compares the levels of participation of Hispanics with other racial groups – and reveals that below are eligible citizens to vote within communities Anglos and African Americans.


The participation rate 48 percent of Hispanic voters was reduced from 2008, when the 50 percent of those eligible voted. The third graph shows that 900.000 Hispanic voters did not vote, this caused a significant increase from 2008 and a larger gap even 1988, when 3,7 million Hispanic voters voted, while 4 million did not.

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What the trio graphs above suggests is that while the rapid growth of the Hispanic community is, undoubtedly, the demographic history of the past 10 years and the next 10 years old, it is less clear that Latinos are showing signs of realizing the political influence that goes along with the increase in population. You need a statistic to prove his point? Hispanics accounted for 17,2 percent of the population, but were only 8,4 percent of all voters in 2012.

They could change things? Clear. The Hispanic population is still very young and as soon how are you generations of Hispanic young adult become their actitutdes to the policy could change significantly. The immigration debate underway in Washington could also stimulate a greater sense of the need to make their voices heard. And, the appointment of the first Hispanic candidate for president 2016 It could be the safest way to wake this still largely dormant electoral group.

For the time being, Hispanic potential is clearly there, but the record of achievement does not come close to matching that potential.

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