Voto Latino Releases New Bipartisan Poll – Young Latinos Call for Progressive Legislation from New Congress
Washington, DC — Young Latinos call on the new Congress to enact progressive legislation, that includes immigration reform, healthcare, education reform and protecting the environment. According to a new poll, Latinx adults (18-35 years of age) are optimistic that the 116th Congress – the most diverse ever – will change the direction of the country. 55 percent of those surveyed believe the change will be for the better.
“The Latino electorate made a decisive contribution in the 2018 midterm elections, and they have made it clear. Their votes swung districts. With over 94% of surveyed respondents saying they will continue to vote in future elections, Latinx youth are engaged and will hold our leaders accountable in moving forward on the critical issues facing our country,” said Voto Latino President and CEO Maria Teresa Kumar. “Congress needs to put a stop to President Trump’s empty campaign promises and manufactured crises.”
Today Voto Latino kicks off a series of polls on issues of importance to young Latinx adults (18-35 years of age) – the largest bloc of the Hispanic electorate – in key states where the Latino population continues to grow (Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin). In the 2018 midterm elections, one out of six voters were young voters. For the first time, Latinx midterm electoral participation closely matched their presidential levels. With 60% of the Latino population under 33, the mean age of Latino voters is 19, compared with the mean age of white voters which is 54 years of age. Roughly one million new Latinos will come of voting age every year for the next decade.
Voto Latino registered 202,339 voters in the 2018 election cycle. 91% of those registered were from Arizona, Florida, Texas, Nevada, Colorado and Central California. Voto Latino directly registered 15% of all newly-registered voters in Texas from March to October of 2018.
Among 20 policy issues including gun control and education that were surveyed in the latest Voto Latino poll, immigration remains the most important across the political spectrum, with 66% of Democrats and 79% of Republicans of Latinx respondents believing it should be a top concern for Capitol Hill leaders this year. In fact, nearly one-third of Latinx adults identified immigration as the most pressing issue for the 116th Congress to address in its first 100 days.
Other priorities for this group include education policy, healthcare, and protecting the environment:
- 75% of respondents support the Green New Deal, which invests in clean-energy jobs and infrastructure across the country meant to transform not just the energy sector, but the entire economy.
- 60% of those surveyed support student loan debt forgiveness for college graduates, while more than half of respondents support tuition-free education at public universities for all students.
- 73% of respondents would like to see more public investment in healthcare.
While the heated debate for funding the wall on the southern border continues to fuel the federal government shutdown, only 18% of those surveyed said they support the construction of any type of border wall. Also, 75% of those surveyed want elected officials to focus on a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients working and contributing to this country.
Lastly, young Latinos believe it is important for Congress to work together to enact laws to address the important issues that impact their daily lives. Specifically, over half of those surveyed want the Congressional Tri-Caucus – made up of the Hispanic Congressional Caucus (CHC), the Black Congressional Caucus (CBC) and Congressional Asian and Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) – to come to together as a block to pass legislation. More than ¾ of respondents identified the following issues as the most important for the Tri-Caucus to work on: making higher education and health care more affordable, as well as creating a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the United States.
For more information see full results here:
Poll’s memo: http://bit.ly/VL116CongressMemo
Poll’s top line results: http://bit.ly/VL116CongressToplines