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1999 California Latino Voters' Issues & Preferences Poll

1) Are you:

Female Male
58.5% 41.5%

2) Are you registered to vote?

Yes No

3) Would you define yourself as a:

Mexican/
Chicano
Puerto Rican Cuban Central American

South American

Other Latino Other Race Refused to Answer
84.2% 1.2% 1.4% 4.4% 2.6% 4.4% 1.4% 0.4%

4) What age group best describes you:

18-24 25-29 30-34 35-39

40-44

45-49
14.5% 10.1% 10.1% 10.5% 11.1% 9.5%
50-54 55-59 60-64 65 and Older Don't Know Refused to Answer
6.7% 3.8% 7.3% 15.9% 0.0% 0.4%

5) If you added together your entire Household's Income would it be:

under $5,000 $5,000-$15,000 $15,000-$25,000 $25,000-$40,000

$40,000-$60,000

More than $60,000 Don't Know Refused to Answer
7.9% 15.4% 21.1%% 18.3% 12.8% 8.7% 11.6% 4.3%

6) Are you?

Married Single Divorced Widowed

Separated

Refused to Answer
59.9% 25.6% 6.9% 5.8% 1.6% 0.2%

7) Are you employed?:

Full-Time Part-Time Self Employed Not Employed

Other

Don't Know Refused to Answer
44.6% 13.1% 4.8% 24.8% 12.5% 0.0% 0.2%

8) What is the highest grade in school you completed?

Some High School High School Graduate Some College College Graduate

Graduate Education or more

Don't Know Refused to Answer
33.5% 26.4% 22.6% 13.9% 3.2% 0.2% 0.2%

9) What is the primary language used in your household?

English Spanish Another Language Both English and Spanish

English and Another Language

Refused to Answer
32.7% 28.3% 0.2% 38.5% 0.2% 0.0%

10) In what country were you born?

United States Mexico El Salvador Other Central American Country

Puerto Rico

Cuba South American Country Other Refused to Answer
59.0% 30.9% 4.8% 1.4% 0.6% 1.0% 0.8% 1.4% 0.2%

11) Are you or any member of your household a member of a union?

Yes, I am I am not, but a member of my household No one in my household Refused to Answer
19.3% 13.1% 67.3% 0.2%

12a) Do you or anyone in your family have plans to fill out the Census form in April 2000?

Yes No Don't Know Refused to Answer
77.9% 12.5% 9.6% 0.0%

12b) If no, why not?

Privacy Issue Not Interested Someone will come by my house later Other

Refused to Answer

9.5% 47.3% 9.5% 25.7% 8.1%

13) Did you fill out a Census in 1990?

Yes No Do Not Remember Refused to Answer
51.2% 5% 27.1% 0.2%

Next, the following questions will focus on your Presidential preferences.

14) Did you intend to vote in the 2000 March Primary Election?

Yes No Don't Know Refused to Answer
94.4% 4.4% 1.2% 0.0%

15) If so, do you plan to vote in the Democratic or Republican Primary Election in 2000?

Democratic Republican Refused to Answer
71.1% 13.8% 15.1%

16) If the election were held today, for whom would you vote?

Bill Bradley Al Gore Other Candidate Refused to Answer
7.9% 65.7% 26.4% 0.0%

17) If the election were held today, for whom would you vote?

Lamar Alexander Gary Bauer Patrick Buchanan George Bush

Elizabeth Dole

2.9% 0.7% 1.4% 41.7% 8.6%
         
Steve Forbes Orrin Hatch Dan Quayle Other Candidate Refused to Answer
2.2% 0.0% 2.9% 39.6% 0.0%

18a) Do you intend to vote in the upcoming 2000 General Election for President?

Yes No Don't Know Refused to Answer
96.3% 2.3% 1.2% 0.2%

18b) Is it because:

You are not interested You don't like the candidates You believe the system doesn't work You don't have time
33.3% 13.3% 6.7% 13.3%
       
An other reason Don't Know Refused to Answer  
26.7% 0.0% 6.7%  

19) If the election for President were held today, would you vote for Al Gore or George Bush?

Al Gore George Bush Other Undecided

Don't Know

Refused to Answer
49.1% 23.6% 3.1% 20.5% 3.7% 0.0%

20) Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Bill Clinton is handling his job?

Approve Disapprove Don't Know Refused to Answer
85.3% 10.9% 2.4% 1.4%

Now, I'm going to ask some questions pertaining to your perception of state government and elected officials:
21a) Do you approve or disapprove of the way Governor Davis is handling his job in his first 6 months as governor?

Approve Disapprove No Opinion Don't Know Refused to Answer
67.6% 13.7% 10.5% 7.6% 0.6%

21b) Do you approve or disapprove of the way the California legislature is handling its job in 1999?

Approve Disapprove No Opinion Don't Know Refused to Answer
56.3% 13.7% 17.3% 12.1% 0.6%

Now, I'm going to ask some questions pertaining to your perception of immigration:

22) Do you support a new amnesty or legalization program for "illegal" immigrants that have been living in the US for over ten years and have no criminal background?

Support Do Not Support Don't Know Refused to Answer
86.7% 10.5% 2.6% 0.2%

23) Do you feel "illegal immigrants" are taking jobs U.S. citizens want?

Yes No Don't Know Refused to Answer
17.4% 77.4% 4.4% 0.8%

24) Do you believe that children of "illegal immigrants" should be denied citizenship, health care, and education?

Yes No Don't Know Refused to Answer
15.8% 81.4% 2.6% 0.2%

25) Do you support building walls and fences along the U.S./ Mexican border to help curb illegal immigration?

Yes No Don't Know Refused to Answer
32.4% 57.7% 9.5% 0.4%

26) Do you believe "illegal" immigrants should have the same civil and legal rights as do U.S. citizens?

Yes No Don't Know Refused to Answer
58.1% 33.6% 7.8% 0.6%

During the 1940's, 50's, and 60's, the U.S. and Mexico had a migrant worker program called the "bracero program" that brought thousands of Mexican workers to the U.S. to work in the fields.

27a) Have you ever heard of the "bracero program"?

Yes No Refused to Answer
51.7% 48.3% 0.0%

27b) How would you describe the "bracero program"?

A useful program that provided Mexican workers with jobs and filled labor shortages in the U.S. An exploitative program that deprived Mexican workers of their rights and took jobs from Americans. A little of both. No opinion

Refused to Answer

52.3% 9.7% 29.6% 7.9% 0.4%

The following section deals with "farmworker" related issues. Current U.S. law deprives farmworkers of many labor rights/protections that other U.S. workers enjoy. In additon, temporary foreign farmworkers are prohibited from seeking non-agricultural jobs. Experts say that most of farmworkers are "illegal immigrants". Some analysts say that a labor shortage exists in agriculture. Others argue that better wages and working conditions will attract sufficient labor.

28) Would you support a program that brings in increased numbers of immigrants on a temporary basis for farm labor, if there is a labor shortage?

Support Do Not Support Don't Know Refused to Answer
81.0% 13.9% 4.6% 0.4%

29) Do you support the unionization of farm workers?

Support Do Not Support Don't Know Refused to Answer
85.9% 8.0% 6.2% 0.0%

30) Do you think "illegal immigrant" farmworkers:

Generally take jobs that Americans do not want Generally take jobs from Americans who could take them No opinion Refused to Answer
81.2% 10.0% 8.4% 0.4%

31) Do you think programs that allow foreign farmworkers to enter the U.S. legally to do seasonal farm work and return home after the job is done:

Hurt American Workers Help American Workers Have little or no effect on American Workers No Opinion Refused to Answer
11.2% 46.7% 34.3% 7.2% 0.6%

32) Do you think the U.S. should:

Try its best to keep "illegal immigrants" from working in the United States Look the other way and continue to allow illegal immigration Enact a program that allows "immigrants" to work temporarily in the U.S. legally No opinion Refused to Answer
7.4% 7.4% 80.9% 3.8% 0.6%

33) Would you support a program that allows "illegal immigrant" farmworkers to get work permits and eventually become permanent residents, in exchange for several mandatory years of agricultural labor?

Support Do Not Support No Opinion Refused to Answer
75.8% 17.6% 5.8% 0.8%

34) Do you agree that farmworkers should receive higher wages even if it causes food prices to rise?

Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Agree Disagree
23.7% 16.5% 32.0% 12.5%
       
Somewhat Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know Refused to Answer
5.4% 2.0% 7.6% 0.4%

35) Who do you believe should pay for improving housing and providing health benefits for farmworkers?

Employers of farmworkers Federal/State Government A Combination of Employers and Federal/State Government Neither, they should receive no benefits

No opinion

Refused to Answer
25.0% 11.9% 57.7% 2.2% 3.2% 0.0%

Now, I'm going to ask some questions pertaining to your perception of the "War on Drugs":

36) Do you believe that the United States' "War on Drugs" has been effective in curbing the drug flow into the US?

Yes No Don't Know Refused to Answer
35.5% 54.2% 10.1% 0.2%

37) In your opinion, are drugs a larger or smaller issue as compared to ten years ago?

Larger Smaller About the same Don't Know Refused to Answer
71.4% 13.1% 10.3% 5.2% 0.0%

Now, I'm going to ask some questions pertaining to your perception of US/Cuba Policy:

38) Do you think the United States should lift the trade embargo against Cuba?

Yes No Don't Know Refused to Answer
44.6% 32.9% 21.8% 0.6%

39) Do you think that the United States should re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba?

Yes No Don't Know Refused to Answer
61.4% 22.7% 15.7% 0.2%

40) Do you think that the United States should re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba under the Fidel Castro regime?

Yes No Don't Know Refused to Answer
31.0% 53.7% 14.9% 0.4%

The following are statements. I will ask your opinion on how strongly you agree/disagree with the statements.

41) Fidel Castro is a communist and the embargo should continue until he is gone.

Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Agree Disagree
24.2% 10.4% 28.3% 16.6%
       
Somewhat Disagree Strongly Disagree No Opinion Refused to Answer
3.2% 3.4% 13.4% 0.6%

42) The embargo only strengthens Fidel Castro and lifting it would do more to democratize Cuba.

Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Agree Disagree
15.1% 12.2% 23.3% 18.3%
       
Somewhat Disagree Strongly Disagree No Opinion Refused to Answer
2.8% 6.2% 20.9% 1.2%

43) The embargo only hurts the Cuban people ; medicines and foods should be exempt from the trade embargo.

Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Agree Disagree
27.7% 8.6% 32.9% 12.0%
       
Somewhat Disagree Strongly Disagree No Opinion Refused to Answer
4.0% 3.6% 10.8% 0.4%

The United Nations is a worldwide organization of all governments of the world founded in 1942. The United States helped found and fund the United Nations.

44) Overall, how effective of an organization do you feel is the United Nations?

Very Effective Pretty Effective Somewhat Effective Not that Effective
23.7% 19.5% 33.6% 8.2%
       
Not at all Effective No Opinion Refursed to Answer
3.6% 10.7% 0.8%  

The United States has not paid approximately $1 billion and nearly two years worth of United Nations United Nations dues and assessments.

| 45) How important is it that we pay these dues and assessments to the United Nations?

Very Important Somewhat Important Not Too Important Not Important at All No Opinion Refused to Answer
42.7% 27.0% 8.5% 7.6% 13.7% 0.4%

 

 
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