Latinos Favor Government Involvement in Solving Issues
A new poll on Hispanic attitudes towards the involvement of government to solve problems, might suggest problems for the Republicans in securing much needed Hispanic votes. A new Gallup Poll say the majority of Latinos (56%) say the government should do more to help solve the problems in the country, compared to 37% of all Americans. The attitudes of Hispanics towards the government’s involvement are in part because of the socio-economic status of many Hispanics who in part depend on government programs and benefits.
The poll also gives support to this with 61% of Hispanics born in foreign countries favoring greater involvement by the government. It indicates that when talk by Republicans about small government and cutting back programs is discussed, this does not resonate with the majority of Latinos. The majority of Hispanics are socially more conservative, but that conservatism socially does not translate into broad support for the positions of the GOP.
The poll also shows certain issues that could be problematic for Mitt Romney the presidential candidate for the Republican Party at election time. For example, Romney might not want to stress less involvement by government when he gives speeches to Hispanics or on television ads that are in Spanish.
The poll showed strong support of Obama amongst Hispanics. Sixty-six percent supported Obama compared to only twenty-five percent supporting Romney. The poll was taken prior to the announcement by the president of his change in immigration policy and that change can only help the president in popularity.
The majority of Hispanics look at Obama’s immigration policy change in a positive light. It gives them the feeling someone listened to their needs and wants and did something about it.