WCVI Phone Survey of Latino Registered Voters
Illinois, N=529
September 13-21, 2000
+/-4.3%
FREQ N=529
Language Survey was conducted:
English 56.9%
Spanish 43.1%
II. SURVEY QUESTIONS
Are you:
1. Female 56.0%
2. Male 44.0%
Do you define yourself as a:
1. Mexican-American / Mexican / Chicano 72.7%
2. Puerto Rican / Boricua 19.9%
3. Cuban / Cuban-American 2.2%
4. Dominican / Dominicano 0.4%
5. El Salvadoran 0.2%
6. Colombian 0.2%
7. Other Central American _____________(specify) 2.8%
8. Other South American _____________(specify) 1.0%
9. Other Latino or Hispanic _____________(specify) 0.6%
98. DON'T KNOW 0.0%
What is your party identification: [CHANGE ORDER WITH EACH INTERVIEW]
1. Democrat 78.0%
2. Republican 12.3%
3. Green 0.4%
4. Reform 0.2%
5. Independent 4.0%
6. Other (specify): ___________________________ 5.2%
In what category do you see your political views closest to: [CHANGE ORDER WITH EACH INTERVIEW]
1. Liberal 30.7%
2. Moderate 32.1%
3. Conservative 28.4%
98. DONíT KNOW 8.8%
Did you vote in the 1996 Presidential Election?
1. Yes 73.8%
2. No (SKIP TO Q. 9) 26.2%
If yes, for whom did you vote?
1. Bill Clinton 86.8%
2. Bob Dole 6.6%
3. Ross Perot 2.9%
4. Other (specify) 1.3%
98. DONíT KNOW 2.4%
Did you vote in the 2000 primary?
1. Yes 58.9%
2. No (SKIP TO Q. 10) 41.1%
If yes, did you vote in the
1. Democratic Primary 87.3%
2. Republican Primary 12.7%
Are you likely to vote in the 2000 Presidential Election in November?
1. Yes 97.1%
2. No 2.9%
If the election were held today, for whom would you vote: [CHANGE ORDER WITH EACH INTERVIEW]
1. George W. Bush/Dick Cheney 19.1%
2. Al Gore/Joe Lieberman 58.9%
3. Patrick Buchanan/Ezola Foster 0.2%
4. Ralph Nader/Winona La Duke 0.6%
5. Undecided 20.6%
6. Other (specify): ___________________________ 0.6%
Congressional Questions
If the election for your U.S. Congress person were held today, for whom would you vote:
[CHANGE ORDER WITH EACH INTERVIEW]
1. Democratic Candidate 74.5%
2. Republican Candidate 12.9%
3. Other (specify): _______________________ 2.1%
4. Undecided 10.4%
Which ONE of the following media sources do you get MOST of your information about politics and community issues from:
1. English Language TV 48.3%
2. English Language Radio 4.0%
3. English Language Newspaper 11.4%
4. Spanish Language TV 24.6%
5. Spanish Language Radio 2.8%
6. Spanish Language Newspaper 2.4%
7. Other (specify) 6.2%
98. DONíT KNOW 0.2%
As far as current campaigning methods by candidates and parties are concerned, which ONE methodMOST motivates you to vote:
1. A phone call 7.2%
2. Mailers 11.6%
3. TV advertisements 56.1%
4. Radio advertisements 5.2%
5. A Personal visit 13.3%
6. Other (specify) 5.0%
98. DONíT KNOW 1.5%
Government and Elected Officials
Overall, how would you rate the job President Clinton has done?
1. Excellent 39.7%
2. Good 38.1%
3. Fair 17.6%
4. Poor 2.1%
5. Very Bad 1.1%
98. DONíT KNOW 1.3%
Do you approve of the way Congress has done its job over the last 2 years?
1. Approve 59.4%
2. Disapprove 23.5%
98. DONíT KNOW 17.1%
This Presidential Election, many analysts believe that Latinos will determine the next President of the United States.Please choose ONE of the following items you think is MOST important in determining how you will vote for President: [CHANGE ORDER WITH EACH INTERVIEW]
1. Leadership 26.3%
2. Honesty 39.4%
3. Choice of running mate 1.9%
4. Experience in Domestic Affairs 13.8%
5. Experience in Foreign Affairs 3.8%
6. Candidates moral values 14.0%
7. Military Experience 0.6%
8. Religion 0.2%
As you may know, the federal government is running a budget surplus this year. In your opinion, which ONE of the following should be done with the money from the surplus? Should the money be used: [CHANGE ORDER WITH EACH INTERVIEW]
1. To reduce the national debt 8.0%
2. To help make social security more stable 38.6%
3. To provide an across-the-board tax cut 10.0%
4. On defense, education, health care, and other domestic programs 40.9%
5. No opinion 2.5%
Crime
How do you feel about the death penalty?
1. Strongly support 27.2%
2. Support 23.6%
3. Oppose 23.4%
4. Strongly oppose 9.3%
5. Undecided 15.0%
98. DONíT KNOW 1.6%
Gun Control
In general, do you feel that the laws covering the sale of firearms should be made:
1. More strict 82.1%
2. Kept the same 12.2%
3. Less strict 3.8%
98. DONíT KNOW 1.9%
Do you favor or oppose laws requiring that all guns be sold with a trigger lock, which must be unlocked before the gun can be fired?
1. Favor 87.5%
2. Oppose 10.0%
98. DONíT KNOW 2.5%
War on Drugs Policy
Do you believe that the United Statesí ďWar on Drugs PolicyĒ has been effective in curbing the drug flow into the U.S.?
1. Yes 38.8%
2. No 53.3%
98. DONíT KNOW 7.8%
In your opinion, are drugs a larger or smaller issue as compared to 10 years ago?
1. Larger 71.2%
2. Smaller 13.5%
3. About the same 13.4%
98. DONíT KNOW 1.9%
Currently, there is a ban on federal funding of needle exchange programs. As 50% of AIDS deaths among Latinos are injection-related, some people feel a needle exchange program will help reduce the spread of the virus. Some people believe that providing needles send signals of approval to drug users. Do you believe the U.S. Government should lift its ban on Federal funding of needle exchange programs?
1. Yes, they should lift ban 48.5%
2. No, they should not lift ban 33.8%
3. No opinion 17.7%
On July 13, President Clinton signed into law a bill that will provide $1.32 billion for counter-drug†† activities in the Andean region of Columbia.About three-quarters of the money will be used for Columbiaís military and police?Do you approve or disapprove of this policy?
1. Approve 40.3%
2. Disapprove 45.0%
3. No opinion 14.7%
U.S.-Cuba Relations
U.S. Policy towards Cuba, including the 40-year-old trade embargo, is officially unchanged.Some people feel that this policy should remain in place while Fidel Castro remains in power. Others feel that a recent series of events, such as the strengthening of U.S.-China trade, and the Senate vote on the issue of U.S.-Cuba Policy has broadened the debate. In your opinion:
Do you think the United States should lift the 40-year-old trade embargo against Cuba?
1. Yes 46.7%
2. No 34.4%
3. No Opinion 18.8%
Do you think that the United States should include or not include food and medicine in the embargo against Cuba?
1. Include 50.0%
2. Not include 37.1%
3. No opinion 12.9%
Do you think that the United States should immediately re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba?
1. Yes 55.0%
2. No 29.8%
3. No opinion 15.2%
Overall, did the Elian Gonzalez custody case heighten your awareness to current U.S.-Cuba relations?
1. Very much heightened 26.4%
2. Somewhat heightened 24.1%
3. Did not heighten too much 14.8%
4. Did not heighten at all 25.3%
5. No opinion 9.4%
Immigration Reform
Currently Congress is proposing legislation that would legalize approximately 1 million undocumented persons currently living in the U.S.Do you support these efforts?
1. Strongly support 58.7%
2. Somewhat support 23.7%
3. Oppose 7.5%
4. Strongly oppose 2.7%
5. No opinion 7.5%
Do you support proposals to provide legal status to other Central Americans and Haitians who arrived in the U.S. before 1995, similar to a law enacted in 1997 to benefit Cubans and Nicaraguans?
1. Strongly support 49.8%
2. Somewhat support 30.1%
3. Oppose 7.7%
4. Strongly oppose 3.7%
5. No opinion 8.7%
Do you support granting green cards to all undocumented workers who have lived in the U.S. sincebefore 1986 and who have not been convicted of serious criminal offenses?
1. Strongly support 72.4%
2. Somewhat support 18.4%
3. Oppose 4.4%
4. Strongly oppose 1.2%
5. No opinion 3.6%
Minimum Wage
Currently, there is a debate in Congress over elevating incomes for working to
families to levels above the poverty level.
1. The government should immediately raise the minimum wage from $5.15 27.1%
an hour to $6.15 an hour
2. The government should raise the minimum wage in stages from $5.15 22.2%
an hour to $6.15 an hour
3. The government should raise the minimum wages from $5.15 an hour 47.4%
to $8.00 an hour
4. None of the above 3.3%
Education
Do you think in the past 8 years, the quality of public schools and education has:
1. Increased 52.2%
2. Decreased 20.8%
3. Stayed the same 22.9%
98. DONíT KNOW 4.0%
Thinking about the public school system, please tell me which ONE of the following statements do you most agree with:
1. Public schools are fine and no reform is needed. 6.2%
2. Public schools need only minor reforms 23.9%
3. Public schools are in need of major reforms 62.3%
4. Public schools are broken and canít be fixed. 3.3%
98. DONíT KNOW 4.3%
In areas where the local public schools are not improving, would you support or oppose the federal government giving parents money to send their children to private or religious schools instead?
1. Support 53.9%
2. Oppose 36.1%
3. No Opinion 10.0%
Which ONE of the following BEST represents your views about abortion?
1. The choice on abortion should be left up to the woman and her doctor 37.4%
2. Abortion should be legal only in cases in which pregnancy results from rape or 40.4%
incest or when the life of the woman is at risk
3. Abortion should be illegal in all circumstances 17.5%
4. Not sure 4.7%
In the past eight years, do you think the U.S. military has gotten stronger, gotten weaker, or stayed about the same?
1. Stronger 33.7%
2. Weaker 19.4%
3. Same 36.2%
4. No opinion 10.7%
Demographic Questions
When did you register to vote?
1. Before or during 1996 69.3%
2. After 1996 27.3%
98. DONíT KNOW 3.4%
What age group best describes you:
1. 18-24 16.3%
2. 25-29 9.0%
3. 30-34 9.0%
4. 35-39 10.2%
5. 40-44 10.7%
6. 45-49 10.9%
7. 50-54 10.2%
8. 55-59 8.3%
9. 60-64 3.6%
10. 65 or older 11.7%
Are you presently working in a fulltime or part-time job?
1. Yes, fulltime (SKIP TO Q.49) 58.5%
2. Yes, part-time (SKIP TO Q.49) 11.0%
3. Not employed 30.5%
If unemployed, are you:
1. Retired (SKIP TO Q. 50) 39.9%
2. Disabled/unable to work (SKIP TO Q. 50) 16.7%
3. Not currently employed (SKIP TO Q. 50) 43.5%
Do you work for yourself (are you self-employed), or do you work for someone else?
1. Yes- self employed 21.3%
2. No- employed by someone else 78.7%
What is the highest grade in school you completed?
1. Some high school or less 29.9%
2. High school graduate or equivalent 27.1%
3. Some college / vocational 24.5%
4. College graduate 13.5%
5. Graduate Education or higher 4.6%
98. DONíT KNOW 0.4%
If you added together your entire household's income would it be:
1. Under $10,000 10.2%
2. $10,001-$20,000 13.9%
3. $20,001-$30,000 18.3%
4. $30,001-$40,000 16.9%
5. $40,001-$50,000 13.1%
6. $50,001-$60,000 8.2%
7. $60,001-$70,000 5.0%
8. $70,001-$100,000 5.6%
9. Over $100,000 2.4%
98. DONíT KNOW 6.4%
Are you?
1. Married 59.5%
2. Single 22.5%
3. Divorced 6.0%
4. Widowed 7.1%
5. Separated 3.5%
6. Living with someone 1.3%
Would you say that you currently live in a neighborhood that is predominantly:
1. Latino / Hispanic 38.6%
2. African-American / Black 5.0%
3. White 13.6%
4. Mixed 42.7%
Do you have children under 18 living at home?
1. Yes 48.4%
2. No (SKIP TO Q. 56) 51.6%
Do your children attend public school, private or parochial school?
1. Public school 73.9%
2. Private or Parochial school 14.9%
3. Not applicable 10.8%
98. DONíT KNOW 0.4%
In what country were you born?
1. United States 49.1%
2. Puerto Rico 14.2%
3. Mexico 33.3%
4. Cuba 1.6%
5. Dominican Republic 0.2%
6. El Salvador 0.0%
7. Colombia 0.2%
8. Other Central American country 0.8%
9. Other South American country 0.6%
10. Other country 0.0%
In general, which language do you use MOST often?
1. Spanish only 25.9%
2. English only 28.6%
3. Both English and Spanish 45.5%
Are you or anyone in your household a member of a union?
1. Yes 37.3%
2. No 60.2%
98. DONíT KNOW 2.5%
Do you own a computer?
1. Yes 50.7%
2. No 49.3%
Do you use the Internet?
1. Yes 43.0%
2. No 57.0%
Do you have access to the Internet:
1. Yes 52.3%
2. No 46.9%
98. DONíT KNOW 0.8%