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Sunday November 4, 2012

Latino Evangelicals and the 2012 Election

Latino Evangelicals and the 2012 Election

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Dr. Gaston Espinosa, nationally recognized scholar on Hispanic evangelicals, directed a scientific survey on Latino Religions and the 2012 elections. Espinosa, in cooperation with the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) also issued and published a survey in 2008.

The survey captures interesting findings particularly on how Hispanic Catholics and Hispanic Evangelicals are currently leaning as it pertains to the Presidential election.

Latino Religions & Politics Survey Summary of Findings

The Latino Religions and Politics Survey differs from other 2012 surveys because…

    It’s recent — completed on October 10, 2012

    It’s the only survey focused exclusively on U.S. Latino religion and political behavior in the Fall of 2012, with questions on the intersection of religion and controversial social, moral, and political issues
    It’s a very large survey of 1,000 Latinos (+/-3.0%); most polls are of 300-750 people
    It’s focused exclusively on likely voters, which is a more accurate sampling method than surveying general or registered voters, since one can be registered but still not be likely to vote

The Latino Religions and Politics Survey captures a number of important findings like…

    Catholics make up 67% of all Latino Christian likely voters, Protestants 32% and Other 1%
    Born-Again Christians have grown to 39% of all Latino likely Christian voters in 2012
    Born-Again and Evangelical Christians make up 88% of all Latino Protestant likely voters
    Top 3 Election Issues?  Fixing the Economy, Creating Jobs, and Immigration
    Most Latinos believe their standard of living has remained the same or improved under Obama
    Obama leads among Latino Catholics, Protestants, and Evangelicals, though with some defections
    Romney, for example, received a +5 point bounce with Latino likely voters after the first debate
    Most Latinos believe Obama’s social views are moving the nation in the wrong direction

Read more about the findings at NHCLC.org