Do Racial Attitudes Matter? A Look at Attitudes Toward Latinos, Immigrants, and African-Americans and Their Effect on Public Policy

30 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2011 Last revised: 19 Apr 2011

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Jillian Medeiros

University of New Mexico - Department of Political Science

Gabriel Sanchez

University of New Mexico - Department of Political Science

Date Written: April 16, 2011

Abstract

Extant literature on racial attitudes and public policy tends to focus upon white racial attitudes toward African-Americans and how these attitudes mediate public policy. We argue that with our increasingly diverse country it is critical to examine different groups in order to get a comprehensive view of how racial attitudes mediate public policy. Using the 2008 Collaborative Multi-Racial Post Election Survey (CMPS), we test whether racial stereotypes toward Latinos, African-Americans, and immigrants mediate the electorate’s attitudes toward critical national public policies. Furthermore, we test various racial attitudes hypotheses (symbolic racism, group competition, racial context, and immigrant attitudes) in relation to one another, and in relation to various public policies. We find that racial attitudes are significant predictors of public policy, but they are complex in nature and vary by policy.

Keywords: race, ethnicity, immigrant, public policy, public opinion

Suggested Citation

Medeiros, Jillian and Sanchez, Gabriel, Do Racial Attitudes Matter? A Look at Attitudes Toward Latinos, Immigrants, and African-Americans and Their Effect on Public Policy (April 16, 2011). Western Political Science Association 2011 Annual Meeting Paper , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1767202

Jillian Medeiros (Contact Author)

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Gabriel Sanchez

University of New Mexico - Department of Political Science ( email )

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Albuquerque, NM 87131-1221
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