Miami Dade's Cuban American Voters in the 2008 Election

Posted: 5 Mar 2009

See all articles by Benjamin G. Bishin

Benjamin G. Bishin

University of California, Riverside (UCR) - Department of Political Science

Feryal M. Cherif

UC Riverside

Andy S. Gomez

Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies

Casey Klofstad

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: March 4, 2009

Abstract

In this paper we describe the behavior and attitudes of Cuban American voters in the 2008 election by presenting data from the 2008 Miami-Dade County Exit Poll (Bishin and Klofstad 2008). Our findings suggest that while the seismic shift in the political preferences of the Cuban American community predicted by the national news media was not realized, modest changes in vote preferences and more dramatic changes in attitudes toward U.S. Cuba foreign policy did occur. In general, these results are consistent with our expectations articulated in previous research, in which we held that large scale changes in Cuban American's voting preferences were unlikely to occur since they seem most likely to be driven by replacement of older Cuban American voters by younger, more recent immigrants and their relatives (Bishin et al. 2008).

Keywords: 2008 election, Miami-Dade County, Cuban Americans, vote choice, embargo, trade, travel, remittances, generation

JEL Classification: H30, H70, J10, J11, J15, J16, R11, R38

Suggested Citation

Bishin, Benjamin G. and Cherif, Feryal M. and Gomez, Andy S. and Klofstad, Casey, Miami Dade's Cuban American Voters in the 2008 Election (March 4, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1353563

Benjamin G. Bishin (Contact Author)

University of California, Riverside (UCR) - Department of Political Science ( email )

Riverside, CA 92521
United States

Feryal M. Cherif

UC Riverside ( email )

Riverside, CA 92521
United States

Andy S. Gomez

Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies ( email )

Coral Gables, FL 33124
United States

Casey Klofstad

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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