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Why won't Latinos vote? Here are the reasons, including why Donald Trump could finally wake us up

on Thu Dec 03, 2015 11:20 pm

The median age of American Latinos is 27 years, and just 18 among native-born Latinos. For non-Hispanic whites, that number is 42.

That doesn’t just mean that about half of all Latinos can’t vote (remember, not all Latinos are U.S. citizens), but it also means that even those who can are much younger than the overall population.

And how good is youth turnout? Fact is, it’s hard to separate problems with overall youth turnout from problems with Latino turnout. The overlap is simply that large.

The optimist would say that Latino turnout rates will increase as the demographic ages. The oldness of Americans who are non-Hispanic whites certainly helps increase their turnout rate. But the realist would realize that 1) the earlier we instill a tradition of voter participation with Latinos, the greater chance of long-term success, and 2) we need Latinos voting now.

And this is where Donald Trump may prove a godsend to Democratic GOTV efforts. In the latest Quinnipiac poll, only 7 percent of Latinos hadn’t heard enough about Trump, and he only had a 9 percent favorability rating compared to 84 percent who hate his phucking guts. No other Republican was anywhere near as well-known—or as disliked—as Trump. He is a viral sensation in the Latino community, and not in a good way.


There is strong correlation between income and voter participation.................

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