Immigration: The Shaping of Partisan Identity and Presidential Vote Choice
Whitney, Blake Evans
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Immigration as an issue is salient in U.S. politics, particularly regarding the 2016 presidential election. Building a wall on the southern border of the United States, expanding border patrol units, and deporting all unauthorized aliens are all salient immigration issues pervasive in the politics of today. The Latino population is often targeted as the population that these issues affect to the greatest extent, and thus, their vote hinges upon the issue. What impact does immigration as an issue have on Latino partisan identity, and in turn, vote choice? The author draws election data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study and conducts regression analysis to determine the issue of immigration's effect on partisan identity and vote choice. The results show that immigration directly affects both Latino partisan identity and presidential vote choice. The findings point to further research on issue salience and party identification.
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