WCVI Phone Survey of Latino Registered Voters
New Mexico, N=501
September 22-26, 2000
+/-4.4%
FREQ N=501
Language Survey was conducted:
English 77.7%
Spanish 22.3%
II. SURVEY QUESTIONS
Are you:
1. Female 56.3%
2. Male 43.7%
Do you define yourself as a:
1. Mexican-American / Mexican / Chicano 84.9%
2. Puerto Rican / Boricua 0.5%
3. Cuban / Cuban-American 0.0%
4. Dominican / Dominicano 0.2%
5. El Salvadoran 0.0%
6. Colombian 0.0%
7. Other Central American _____________(specify) 0.7%
8. Other South American _____________(specify) 0.2%
9. Other Latino or Hispanic _____________(specify) 11.5%
98. DON'T KNOW 2.0%
What is your party identification: [CHANGE ORDER WITH EACH INTERVIEW]
1. Democrat 78.4%
2. Republican 16.7%
3. Green 0.4%
4. Reform 0.0%
5. Independent 3.1%
6. Other (specify): ___________________________ 1.4%
In what category do you see your political views closest to: [CHANGE ORDER WITH EACH INTERVIEW]
1. Liberal 24.4%
2. Moderate 33.9%
3. Conservative 26.5%
98. DONíT KNOW 15.2%
Did you vote in the 1996 Presidential Election?
1. Yes 89.9%
2. No (SKIP TO Q. 9) 10.1%
If yes, for whom did you vote?
1. Bill Clinton 78.6%
2. Bob Dole 16.2%
3. Ross Perot 1.4%
4. Other (specify) 0.7%
98. DONíT KNOW 3.1%
Did you vote in the 2000 primary?
1. Yes 74.1%
2. No (SKIP TO Q. 10) 25.9%
If yes, did you vote in the
1. Democratic Primary 82.4%
2. Republican Primary 17.6%
Are you likely to vote in the 2000 Presidential Election in November?
1. Yes 98.2%
2. No 1.8%
If the election where held today, for whom would you vote: [CHANGE ORDER WITH EACH INTERVIEW]
1. George W. Bush/Dick Cheney 21.4%
2. Al Gore/Joe Lieberman 62.1%
3. Patrick Buchanan/Ezola Foster 0.2%
4. Ralph Nader/Winona La Duke 0.8%
5. Undecided 15.1%
6. Other (specify): ___________________________ 0.4%
Senatorial Race Questions
If the election for the U.S. Senate were held today, for whom would you vote:
[CHANGE ORDER WITH EACH INTERVIEW]
1. Jeff Bingaman 62.3%
2. Bill Redmond 12.6%
3. Other (specify): _______________________ 1.4%
4. Undecided 23.7%
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 71.3%
2. Republican Candidate 15.6%
3. Other (specify): _______________________ 0.4%
4. Undecided 12.7%
Which ONE of the following media sources do you get MOST of your information about politics and community issues from:
1. English Language TV 59.6%
2. English Language Radio 4.7%
3. English Language Newspaper 18.1%
4. Spanish Language TV 9.1%
5. Spanish Language Radio 0.6%
6. Spanish Language Newspaper 0.8%
7. Other (specify) 5.8%
98. DONíT KNOW 1.2%
As far as current campaigning methods by candidates and parties are concerned, which ONE methodMOST motivates you to vote:
1. A phone call 5.7%
2. Mailers 11.0%
3. TV advertisements 47.5%
4. Radio advertisements 3.8%
5. A Personal visit 15.5%
6. Other (specify) 9.5%
98. DONíT KNOW 7.0%
Government and Elected Officials
Overall, how would you rate the job President Clinton has done?
1. Excellent 38.6%
2. Good 35.0%
3. Fair 16.0%
4. Poor 3.8%
5. Very Bad 5.0%
98. DONíT KNOW 1.6%
Do you approve of the way Congress has done its job over the last 2 years?
1. Approve 51.9%
2. Disapprove 31.7%
98. DONíT KNOW 16.4%
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 32.2%
2. Honesty 35.8%
3. Choice of running mate 1.4%
4. Experience in Domestic Affairs 13.1%
5. Experience in Foreign Affairs 3.2%
6. Candidates moral values 11.5%
7. Military Experience 2.3%
8. Religion 0.7%
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 9.9%
2. To help make social security more stable 44.7%
3. To provide an across-the-board tax cut 7.0%
4. On defense, education, health care, and other domestic programs 35.5%
5. No opinion 2.9%
Crime
How do you feel about the death penalty?
1. Strongly support 22.5%
2. Support 24.9%
3. Oppose 25.2%
4. Strongly oppose 10.5%
5. Undecided 14.7%
98. DONíT KNOW 2.2%
Gun Control
In general, do you feel that the laws covering the sale of firearms should be made:
1. More strict 72.2%
2. Kept the same 20.1%
3. Less strict 4.2%
98. DONíT KNOW 3.4%
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 79.1%
2. Oppose 15.1%
98. DONíT KNOW 5.8%
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 26.5%
2. No 65.1%
98. DONíT KNOW 8.5%
In your opinion, are drugs a larger or smaller issue as compared to 10 years ago?
1. Larger 76.8%
2. Smaller 7.4%
3. About the same 13.6%
98. DONíT KNOW 2.2%
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 47.4%
2. No, they should not lift ban 31.4%
3. No opinion 21.1%
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 36.2%
2. Disapprove 52.4%
3. No opinion 11.4%
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 48.6%
2. No 34.6%
3. No Opinion 16.8%
Do you think that the United States should include or not include food and medicine in the embargo against Cuba?
1. Include 41.2%
2. Not include 42.6%
3. No opinion 16.2%
Do you think that the United States should immediately re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba?
1. Yes 56.6%
2. No 27.3%
3. No opinion 16.2%
Overall, did the Elian Gonzalez custody case heighten your awareness to current U.S.-Cuba relations?
1. Very much heightened 21.6%
2. Somewhat heightened 30.1%
3. Did not heighten too much 15.2%
4. Did not heighten at all 22.4%
5. No opinion 10.7%
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 42.2%
2. Somewhat support 25.1%
3. Somewhat Oppose 10.1%
4. Strongly oppose 10.7%
5. No opinion 11.9%
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 37.7%
2. Somewhat support 27.6%
3. Somewhat Oppose 10.3%
4. Strongly oppose 11.0%
5. No opinion 13.4%
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 58.3%
2. Somewhat support 23.4%
3. Somewhat Oppose 4.2%
4. Strongly oppose 6.8%
5. No opinion 7.2%
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 32.0%
an hour to $6.15 an hour
2. The government should raise the minimum wage in stages from $5.15 23.7%
an hour to $6.15 an hour
3. The government should raise the minimum wages from $5.15 an hour 39.2%
to $8.00 an hour
4. None of the above 5.1%
Education
Do you think in the past 8 years, the quality of public schools and education has:
1. Increased 31.9%
2. Decreased 37.8%
3. Stayed the same 23.8%
98. DONíT KNOW 6.5%
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. 4.2%
2. Public schools need only minor reforms 23.3%
3. Public schools are in need of major reforms 59.4%
4. Public schools are broken and canít be fixed. 4.4%
98. DONíT KNOW 8.6%
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 42.5%
2. Oppose 45.0%
3. No Opinion 12.5%
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 39.8%
2. Abortion should be legal only in cases in which pregnancy results from rape or 34.0%
incest or when the life of the woman is at risk
3. Abortion should be illegal in all circumstances 20.7%
4. Not sure 5.5%
In the past eight years, do you think the U.S. military has gotten stronger, gotten weaker, or stayed about the same?
1. Stronger 26.2%
2. Weaker 30.8%
3. Same 37.1%
4. No opinion 5.9%
Demographic Questions
When did you register to vote?
1. Before or during 1996 89.0%
2. After 1996 9.1%
98. DONíT KNOW 1.8%
What age group best describes you:
1. 18-24 5.5%
2. 25-29 3.3%
3. 30-34 4.3%
4. 35-39 8.2%
5. 40-44 9.0%
6. 45-49 7.2%
7. 50-54 8.8%
8. 55-59 9.4%
9. 60-64 11.7%
10. 65 or older 32.2%
Are you presently working in a fulltime or part-time job?
1. Yes, fulltime (SKIP TO Q.49) 39.2%
2. Yes, part-time (SKIP TO Q.49) 8.9%
3. Not employed 50.6%
98. Don't Know 1.3%
If unemployed, are you:
1. Retired (SKIP TO Q. 50) 72.8%
2. Disabled/unable to work (SKIP TO Q. 50) 15.0%
3. Not currently employed (SKIP TO Q. 50) 12.2%
Do you work for yourself (are you self-employed), or do you work for someone else?
1. Yes- self employed 23.1%
2. No- employed by someone else 76.9%
What is the highest grade in school you completed?
1. Some high school or less 17.2%
2. High school graduate or equivalent 32.9%
3. Some college / vocational 29.4%
4. College graduate 13.6%
5. Graduate Education or higher 6.9%
If you added together your entire household's income would it be:
1. Under $10,000 12.6%
2. $10,001-$20,000 18.9%
3. $20,001-$30,000 19.1%
4. $30,001-$40,000 20.3%
5. $40,001-$50,000 12.3%
6. $50,001-$60,000 3.9%
7. $60,001-$70,000 3.1%
8. $70,001-$100,000 5.6%
9. Over $100,000 4.1%
Are you?
1. Married 67.7%
2. Single 13.4%
3. Divorced 6.5%
4. Widowed 10.1%
5. Separated 1.0%
6. Living with someone 1.2%
Would you say that you currently live in a neighborhood that is predominantly:
1. Latino / Hispanic 34.9%
2. African-American / Black 0.4%
3. White 8.9%
4. Mixed 55.8%
Do you have children under 18 living at home?
1. Yes 26.1%
2. No (SKIP TO Q. 56) 73.9%
Do your children attend public school, private or parochial school?
1. Public school 68.7%
2. Private or Parochial school 10.0%
3. Both 1.3%
4. Not applicable 19.3%
98. DONíT KNOW 0.7%
In what country were you born?
1. United States 90.5%
2. Puerto Rico 0.4%
3. Mexico 9.1%
4. Cuba 0.0%
5. Dominican Republic 0.0%
6. El Salvador 0.0%
7. Colombia 0.0%
8. Other Central American country 0.0%
9. Other South American country 0.0%
10. Other country 0.0%
In general, which language do you use MOST often?
1. Spanish only 9.9%
2. English only 28.7%
3. Both English and Spanish 61.3%
Are you or anyone in your household a member of a union?
1. Yes 17.1%
2. No 80.9%
98. DONíT KNOW 2.1%
Do you own a computer?
1. Yes 47.1%
2. No 52.9%
Do you use the Internet?
1. Yes 43.9%
2. No 56.1%
Do you have access to the Internet:
1. Yes 51.6%
2. No 47.1%
98. DONíT KNOW 1.3%