Press Release

November 10, 2006

Contact: Michael Bustamonte, 916-425-0839

Latino Vote Provides Margin of Victory for Prop. 84

LOS ANGELES, CA – California Latino voters helped provide the margin of victory for Proposition 84, the initiative to provide nearly $5.4 billion in bond funds for water, flood control, natural resources, park and conservation projects, according to exit polls conducted by the William C. Velasquez Institute during this past Tuesday’s election.

“The environment is a critically important issue for Latinos across California and around the country,” said Antonio Gonzalez, president of the WCVI. “Most don’t equate the environment with Latinos. Tuesday’s election will help dispel that myth.”

Of the 1013 Latino voters across California polled, nearly 80% of Latino voters cast votes in support of Proposition 84, or nearly 616,000 votes. The margin of victory for Proposition 84 was 488,016 votes.


Total Vote

Unweighted Latino Vote


3,495,288 (53.8%)

827,840 (79.6%)


3,007,272 (46.2%)

212,160 (20.4%)

Total Vote






Total Vote taken from Office of California Secretary of State.

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

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