Political Science (B.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Faculty Mentor

Joshua Kennedy


Why do Latinos vote Democratic in presidential elections in such large numbers, and is it possible to predict how the community as a whole will vote? By conducting a survey, I look to identify which factors lead to the Latino community voting Democratic and to study the fluidity of the Latino vote. Additionally by analyzing ANES time series data I supplement these findings with a nationwide survey that was conducted in 2012. I hypothesize that stance on economic policies is the most important issue in determining which candidate the community will vote for, which means that it is possible to win the vote even with an unfavorable immigration stance. I plan to demonstrate this through a survey of local Latino communities and by analyzing the results.