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More Than Half of U.S. Latinos Are Political Independents

Posted: Jul 03, 2012


More than half of U.S. Hispanics identify themselves as political independents, though an even larger majority leans toward the Democratic Party, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday.

Among all respondents, 51 percent identified as independents and 32 percent as Democrats, while only 11 percent said they were Republicans. The comparable figures for Hispanic registered voters were 45 percent, 36 percent and 16 percent, respectively.

Answers to a further question about political sympathies showed 52 percent all of Latinos as Democratic-leaning, compared with 23 percent who described themselves as leaning toward the Republicans.

The data “confirm a growing trend toward independent political identification among U.S. Hispanics in recent years, surpassing the 50 percent mark in 2011, according to annual aggregate data from Gallup Daily tracking,” Gallup said.

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