Latino Voters Are Energized by the Midterms and Ready to Vote Again, New Survey Says

Latino Voters Are Energized by the Midterms and Ready to Vote Again, New Survey Says
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Latino voters are energized by the 2018 midterm elections and are eager to stay politically involved, according to a new survey commissioned by voter-empowerment group Voto Latino.

Of those in the survey, 94 percent said they'll continue to vote in upcoming elections, while one in three said they aim to learn more about political issues affecting their local community. What's more, 25 percent of the total were new voters, suggesting a surge in civic engagement by young people.

"The Latinx community turned out in record numbers in this midterm election cycle and their message is clear: we are energized, we are watching, and we will continue to be a force in future elections,” said Maria Teresa Kumar, Voto Latino's president.

The online survey, conducted by Change Research, surveyed nearly 1,600 Latinos under the age of 35 in Texas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida and Nevada.

Immigration was the top issue that motivated both Latino men and women to vote in the midterm election, according to the survey. Among women, 25 percent said reproductive rights and health ranked as the top issue. With men, 16 percent cited the economy and 13 percent cited civil rights.

Issues also will be significant in determining who survey respondents support in future elections. More than 80 percent would be more likely to support a candidate who promises to make higher-ed more affordable. Two-thirds said they'd be more likely to support a candidate who aims to protect DACA, while an equal number said they'd be more likely to support a candidate that supports Medicare-for-all.

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Sanford Nowlin is editor-in-chief of the San Antonio Current.

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