Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2006

Contact: Alvaro Fernandez, 305-531-2520

ELECTION DAY LATINOS VOTE DEMOCRATIC IN FLORIDA ,

New Trend Could be Emerging

For the first time since 1996 a majority of Florida Latinos voted Democrat in the 2006 mid term elections. Unweighted preliminary results from an exit poll conducted by the William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI) showed that more than 64% of Latinos voted for a democrat in congressional races around the state.

1. For whom did you vote in your Congressional District race?

 

TOPLINES: FLORIDA

Democratic Candidate

 

64.5%

Republican Candidate

 

33.1%

Other Candidate

 

2.4%

 Source: 2006 WCVI Florida Exit Poll

“It’s interesting to note that Florida Latinos went Democrat in almost every major race in the state,” said Antonio Gonzalez, WCVI president. “Also of note is the 68% that said they were dissatisfied with the direction the country is headed,” he added.

Fifty-eight percent of those polled also stated that it’s time to bring the troops home from Iraq. In the governor’s race, 52.5% of Latinos voted for Congressman Jim Davis over the eventual winner Charlie Crist and 60.3% voted for Democratic Senate incumbent Bill Nelson against Republican Congresswomen Katherine Harris.

5. Do you favor keeping a large number of U.S. troops in Iraq until there is a stable government there OR bringing most of our troops home in the next year?

 

 

Wait for Stable Government

 

30.3%

Bring Home Next Year

 

57.7%

Unsure

 

12.0%

Source: 2006 WCVI Florida Exit Poll

19. ONLY FLORIDA VOTERS: Whom did you vote for in the Gubernatorial race?

 

 

Charlie Crist

 

42.3%

Jim Davis

 

53.4%

Other Candidate

 

4.3%

 

 

 

20. ONLY FLORIDA VOTERS: For whom did you vote in your Senate race?

 

 

Katherine Harris

 

35.3%

Bill Nelson

 

59.0%

Other Candidate

 

5.7%

Source: 2006 WCVI Florida Exit Poll

This marks only the second time in a generation that Florida Latinos have voted Democratic –the other time being 1996 for President Clinton.

The survey was conducted among 726 Election Day voters in 34 precincts throughout Florida. The margin of error was +-3.5%.

About the Willie C. Velasquez Institute

Chartered in 1985, the Willie C. Velasquez Institute is a nonpartisan, non-profit, Latino-oriented research and policy think tank with offices in San Antonio, Texas and Los Angeles, California. For more information regarding WCVI, please visit our website at www.wcvi.org.

 

 

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