Quien Apoya Que? The Influence of Acculturation and Political Knowledge on Latino Policy Attitudes

38 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2010 Last revised: 28 Apr 2010

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Regina Branton

Rice University - Department of Political Science

Robert Wrinkle

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) (Formerly University of Texas-Pan American)

Ana Franco

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) (Formerly University of Texas-Pan American)

Date Written: April 28, 2010

Abstract

Latino public opinion research is largely focused on immigration related issues (e.g. Branton 2007, Binder et al. 1997; de la Garza et al. 1993). Other studies examining Latino attitudes in other areas of public policy are scarce, albeit increasing. Determining the factor associated with Latino policy preferences across a wider range of policy areas has received relatively little consideration. This paper attempts to fill this gap. Using data from the 2006 Latino National Survey (LNS), we examine Latino attitudes toward Latino-centric, social welfare and moralistic public policies This study also extends the literature by considering the relationship between acculturation and Latino attitudes toward distinct areas of public policy conditioned on political knowledge. The findings indicate acculturation is associated with attitudes across a range of policy issues. Additionally, the findings suggest that the relationship between acculturation and Latino policy attitudes is conditioned on political knowledge.

Suggested Citation

Branton, Regina and Wrinkle, Robert and Franco, Ana, Quien Apoya Que? The Influence of Acculturation and Political Knowledge on Latino Policy Attitudes (April 28, 2010). Western Political Science Association 2010 Annual Meeting Paper , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1581016

Regina Branton (Contact Author)

Rice University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Houston, TX 77005-1892
United States

Robert Wrinkle

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) (Formerly University of Texas-Pan American) ( email )

Ana Franco

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) (Formerly University of Texas-Pan American) ( email )

1201 W. University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78541
United States

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