Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2006

Contact: Michael Bustamonte, 916-425-0839

OVERWHELMINGLY DISSATISFIED, LATINO VOTERS EXPRESS THEMSELVES BY VOTING FOR DEMOCRATS ON ELECTION DAY

War in Iraq Continues to be Key Issue

LOS ANGELES, CA – Nearly one-third of Latino voters are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States at this time and nearly seventy percent of them voted for a democratic congressional candidate, according to a national exit survey conducted yesterday by the William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI), a non-partisan public policy organization chartered in 1985.

For whom did you vote in your Congressional District race?

National Topline:

Democratic Candidate

68.9%

Republican Candidate

26.5%

Other Candidate

4.6%

“Latinos are not happy with the way things are going right now and they spoke up forcefully at the polls yesterday for change,” said Antonio Gonzalez, president of the WCVI. “Latinos want our U.S. troops home now.”

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

National Topline:

Wait for a Stable Government

30.3%

Bring Home Next Year

57.6%

Unsure

12.1%

In addition to voicing their dissatisfaction with the way things are going (66.3%), Latinos overwhelmingly support bringing most of our troops home within the next year (61%), compared to only 25.8% who believe that we ought to keep a large number of troops in Iraq until there is a stable government.

Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States at this time?

National Topline:

Satisfied

20.9%

Dissatisfied

66.3%

Unsure

12.8%

Across the country, 68.9% of Latinos voted for a democratic congressional candidate while only 26.5% voted for a republican. In California the results were similar to the national findings. Fully 64.9% voted for a democratic congressional candidate while only 28.1% voted for the republican. Both Florida and Texas were similar to California in their votes, with 64.5% voting for democrats and 33.2% voting for republicans in Florida and 63% of democrats receiving support to 33.2% for republicans in Texas.

About the Exit Survey

The William C. Velasquez Institute conducted exit surveys of 3,138 respondents among Latino voters from 53 precincts in 8 states, which comprise 82% of all registered Latino voters. States included Florida , Arizona , New Mexico , California , Texas , New York , New Jersey and Illinois . Simultaneously, WCVI also conducted separate exit surveys of Latino voters in California , Florida and Texas . WCVI Pollsters conducted 1,013 exit interviews in California , 763 exit interviews in Florida , and 572 exit interviews in Texas . The national margin or error is about +/- 2% while the state samples are between 3.5% for CA and FL and 4.5% for TX.

About the William C. Velasquez Institute

Chartered in 1985, The William C. Velásquez Institute (WCVI) is a non-profit, non-partisan Latino-oriented research and policy think tank with ottices 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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