AUTHORS: Marisa Abrajano and R. Michael Alvarez
Making up 14.2 percent of the American population, Hispanics are now the largest minority group in the US. Clearly, securing the Hispanic vote is more important to political parties than ever before.
Yet, despite the current size of the Hispanic population, is there a clear Hispanic politics? Who are Hispanic voters? What are their political preferences and attitudes, and why? The first comprehensive study of Hispanic voters in the US, New Faces, New Voices paints a complex portrait of this diverse and growing population.
Examining race, politics, and comparative political behavior, Marisa Abrajano and R. Michael Alvarez counter the preconceived notion of Hispanic voters as one homogenous group. The authors discuss the concept of Hispanic political identity, taking into account the ethnic, generational, and linguistic distinctions within the Hispanic population.
Also, the authors look at Hispanic opinions on social and economic issues, factoring in whether these attitudes are affected by generational status and ethnicity.