The midterm elections will take place in 2022, and the next few months will be key for all political campaigns. This implies that candidates will start to rack their brains to find ways to seduce the key electorate: Latinos.
While in previous elections political strategies focused on the immigration issue as a priority for the Latino community, a new poll has found the real concern of this demographic.
The inaugural Axios-Ipsos Latino poll in partnership with Telemundo News found that crime is the top concern of Latinos.
The survey, conducted Dec. 2-14, 2021 by Ipsos’ KnowledgePanel®, was based on a nationally representative probability sample of 1,064 Hispanic/Latino adults ages 18 and older, who said that crime and gun violence are their top concerns — behind COVID-19 and ahead of immigration, social justice or voting rights.
The survey also found that Latinos are divided on keeping abortion legal (40% in favor, 36% opposed), and a majority (56%) say the U.S. is in decline.
The issues most important to Latinos are those on which Biden and Democrats have difficulty gaining traction. This could translate into lower voter turnout — and some voter defections — among an important and growing segment of the U.S. population.
Similarly, climate change was the third most cited concern among respondents.
There is two-to-one support for Biden’s stalled $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal and social spending plan among those familiar with the plans. Three-to-one support for the Voting Freedom Act, which aims to expand voter access nationally and curb efforts by some states to restrict voting.
But three to four in 10 respondents were not familiar with either of those plans.
The survey examines the political, social, and cultural attitudes of a diverse population comprising nearly one in five Americans in the 2020 census — and about 13% of eligible U.S. voters.
Respondents include first-generation and multigenerational Americans. They are Mexican Americans, Central Americans, Cuban Americans, Puerto Ricans, and others whose families come from different places. They include voters and nonvoters.
These findings could put into perspective the political strategies of seducing campaigns over the next few months, especially when the midterm elections will decide which party will have control of Congress.