Miami Dade's Cuban American Voters in the 2008 Election
Posted: 5 Mar 2009
Date Written: March 4, 2009
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
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