National Origin Based Variations of Latino Voter Turnout in 1988: Findings from the Latino National Political Survey
AuthorArvizu, John R.
AffiliationUniversity of Arizona, Department of Political Science
KeywordsHispanic Americans -- Politics and government
Voting -- United States
Voting research -- United States
Elections -- United States
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AbstractThe Latino community in the United States, currently estimated at over 23 million, is projected to become the largest minority group in America within the next fifteen years. However, insufficient national-level data on Latinos has resulted in relatively few studies being published on the voting behavior of this increasingly important group. Using data drawn from the first national probability sample of Latinos, the Latino National Political Survey, this paper addresses selected socio-demographic indices correlated with voter turnout. The logistic regression model empirically demonstrates the importance of distinguishing among subgroups and identifies the life-cycle effect as a principle determinant of voter turnout.