Florida Hispanics weigh on inflation, immigration ahead of midterms in Emerson College poll – WSVN 7News |  Miami News, Weather, Sports
Florida Hispanics weigh on inflation, immigration ahead of midterms in Emerson College poll – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

Florida Hispanics weigh on inflation, immigration ahead of midterms in Emerson College poll – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

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(WSVN) – A new study from Emerson College surveyed Hispanics in Florida to gauge where they stand on several key issues just months before midterm elections.

Speaking with Ilmhunt on Wednesday, Spencer Kimball, director of voting at Emerson College, said the nation’s largest minority group is a critical determinant of elections in many major states. Their vote could greatly determine the balance of power in Congress in November.

“After the 2020 election, particularly what we saw in Florida with the Hispanic population, we thought it was really important to really focus on Hispanic voters as well as non-voters,” Kimball said.

The Emerson College poll focused on Hispanics in the Sunshine State after polling in Texas and Colorado.

“The number of Hispanics who say they are allied with the Republican Party is almost the same as the number of Hispanics who are allied with the Democratic Party,” Kimball said.

As for the most pressing issue on the minds of Hispanic voters, Kimball said, there is no contest.

“The number one issue for Hispanic voters is the main issue we see across the country for all voters, and that’s the economy,” he said.

Nearly two in five Hispanics in Florida, 38%, say things like inflation and rising costs of living have hurt their families.

Rising rents are something South Florida has been dealing with for months. People are even taking to the streets as the area is fast becoming one of the least affordable in the country.

“If you combine affordable housing with the economy, nearly half of the population has some wallet problem,” Kimball said.

Immigration is also a big issue, where, Kimball said, Democrats have lost ground.

“Democratic candidates have been campaigning for years about some kind of amnesty or some kind of immigration reform, and it seems voters are getting frustrated by the lack of movement,” he said. “It almost makes Hispanics now see, ‘What did the other side get?’”

As the country awaits the Supreme Court’s decision on abortion, Emerson College surveyor made an interesting finding among groups deemed deeply religious.

“When we asked people in the survey about abortion, they were leaning more towards the Democratic Party than the Republican Party,” Kimball said. “When we studied it in that focus group, it was very interesting to see almost all male representatives in the focus group saying it was women’s choice.”

The Florida poll also found voting is still seen among many as an obligation.

“Their job to vote is the number one motivator, especially those who immigrated to the country, that now they are like US citizens, the day they vote,” Kimball said.

The pollster also asked participants whether they were turned off by the political process. Sixty-five percent of unregistered citizens said certain factors, including better candidates to be elected, could motivate them to register to vote.

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