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Published February 2003 | Published
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The Foundations of Latino Voter Partisanship: Evidence from the 2000 Election


Studies of partisan identification in the U.S. have concentrated on Anglo Americans. We argue that by focusing only on the descendents of naturalized, mostly white, immigrants, that previous research may have been biased toward largely sociological accounts for the development of partisan attitudes. Here we study the partisan affiliations of Latino voters and argue that by examining their partisan attitudes we should find that their partisanship is more explicitly political than Anglos. We utilize a telephone survey of Latino likely voters in the 2000 presidential election and find that Latino voter partisanship is shaped by both political and social factors.

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© 2003 Southern Political Science Association. Manuscript submitted 16 April 2001; Final manuscript received 16 November 2001. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 2001 annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association in Las Vegas. We acknowledge the Knight-Ridder News Organization, in particular its Washington bureau; the San Jose Mercury News; the Fort Worth Star-Telegram; and the Miami Herald for providing us with the 2000 Voter Survey. Specifically we thank Nadine Selden and Mary Anne Ostrom of Knight-Ridder for their assistance. We thank Jonathan Nagler for his assistance and Gary Segura and Louis DeSipio for helpful comments on earlier versions of this paper. Michael Alvarez thanks the IBM Corp. for research support.

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