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Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy




The Latino population in the United States has been expanding at a tremendous rate in recent decades and as the number of Latinos in the United States grows, so does their potential for influencing American politics grow. Yet, we have a very limited understanding of Latino civic engagement, political behavior, and public policy opinions. This article presents the results of a survey of 408 registered Latino voters in Chicago, Illinois. The findings advance a multidimensional understanding of Latino political behaviors and attitudes through the examination of multiple measures of political participation and opinions concerning political parties and public issues such as welfare reform, immigration, naturalization and official language policy, bilingual education, capital punishment, gun control, and affirmative action. Findings are discussed in the context of earlier studies of Latino electoral participation and American public policy opinions.


Author Posting. © Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, 1997. This article is posted here by permission of the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy for personal use, not for redistribution. The article was published in Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, Volume 10,1997.

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