When asked in an open-ended question on a nationwide survey of Latinos to name the person they consider “the most important Latino leader in the country today,” nearly two-thirds (64%) of Hispanics said they did not know.
Tuesday’s midterm elections were historic for Hispanics. For the first time ever, three Latino candidates—all of them Republicans—won top statewide offices.
In the year following the end of the Great Recession in June 2009, foreign-born workers gained 656,000 jobs while native-born workers lost 1.2 million. As a result, the unemployment rate fell for immigrants while it rose for the native born.
The national political backlash against illegal immigration has created new divisions among Latinos and heightened their concerns about discrimination against members of their ethnic group-including those who were born in the United States or who immigrated legally.
There are 766,000 eligible Hispanic voters in Arizona, 18% of all eligible voters in the state.
There are 5.4 million eligible Hispanic voters in California, 24% of all eligible voters in the state.
There are 434,000 eligible Hispanic voters in Colorado, 13% of all eligible voters in the state.
There are 202,000 eligible Hispanic voters in Connecticut, 8% of all eligible voters in the state.
There are 16,000 eligible Hispanic voters in the District of Columbia, 4% of all eligible voters in the state.
There are 1.8 million eligible Hispanic voters in Florida, 15% of all eligible voters in the state.