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Lindsey Graham believes that without support for the bill, the party is doomed.

I want to get reattached to the Hispanic community, to sell conservatism, pass comprehensive immigration reform and grow this party. The party has to be bigger than Utah and South Carolina. The Hispanic community is very close to our values but we have driven them away over this issue.

Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly believes that any Hispanics granted amnesty will likely vote for Democrats.

"I think that's a great myth because the Hispanics who come in like this are going to vote Democrat. And there is not the slightest bit of evidence they are going to vote Republican.

Is there any evidence that the GOP would increase the proportion of the Hispanic vote if they support amnesty or other immigration reforms?

Does exit polling show that the Hispanic population match Republican positions on issues?

  • Didn't 538 have a post on this a couple of months back? – user4012 Sep 4 '13 at 15:11
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Is there any evidence that the GOP would increase the proportion of the Hispanic vote if they support amnesty or other immigration reforms?

A recent Pew study found that

among Latino immigrants who are not U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents (and therefore likely unauthorized immigrants), some 31% identify as Democrats and just 4% as Republicans. An additional 33% say they are political independents, 16% mention some other political party and 15% say they “don’t know” or refuse to answer the question.

In 1986, Reagan signed sweeping immigration reform into law. In 1984 37% of hispanics voted for Reagan and in 1988 25% voted for George H.W. Bush. The only Republican since 1984 to beat the 37% number was George W. Bush in 2004 with 40%. More numbers here.

This study, however, has some interesting data that shows there is a chance a Republican supporting currently discussed immigration reform laws is likely to receive a higher portion of the hispanic vote.

Thus it seems that there is evidence going both ways.




Does exit polling show that the Hispanic population match Republican positions on issues?

This isn't an exit poll, but Pew did some research related to the question. Here are some relevant parts of the report.

Some 32% of Hispanics and 34% of all U.S. adults say their political views are “very conservative” or “conservative.”

and

Hispanics are more likely than the general public [75% vs 19%] to say they would rather have a bigger government providing more services than a smaller government with fewer services.

On more specific issues:

Hispanics hold a more conservative view of abortion than the general public. More than half (51%) of adult Hispanics say abortion should be illegal in most or all cases, a share greater than that (41%) observed among the general public.

And

When asked whether homosexuality should be accepted or discouraged by society, majorities of Latinos (59%) and of the U.S. general public (58%) say it should be accepted. Meanwhile, 30% of Latinos and 33% of the general public say homosexuality should be discouraged.

  • You have a lot of good information, but you really need to distill it down to a more focused answer. When this post looks more like an answer than a collection of related statistics, I'll upvote – Sam I am says Reinstate Monica Sep 4 '13 at 16:36
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    Some questions don't lend themselves to a distilled yes/no answer. – user1530 Sep 4 '13 at 16:47

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