Growing Hispanic Population Could Force GOP Into New Era

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The GOP stands at the cusp of a changing nation, one where demographic shifts will have a significant effect on the Republican party’s future, its survival, and potential adaptions. Immigration reform is a weighty topic in Congress for 2014, but despite being a common goal on both sides of the aisle, just because there’s a will doesn’t mean there will be a way. However, the Republican party is facing a unique challenge. Many of it’s long-held states are seeing a considerable rise in Hispanic population — and a voting population, at that — which puts the historically less than well-loved GOP under new pressures to appeal to both its conservative base, and the growing population of new voters.

According to the United States Census Bureau’s report from data collected in 2010, 40 percent of the total population within the U.S. is foreign born, and 53 percent of those 40 percent originate from Latin America. In 2010, Mexico accounted for 11.7 million of those residents born on foreign soil. When considered by state, Texas, Florida, California, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, and Hawaii are all populated by 15 percent or more foreign born residents, four of the seven of those are Republic states, and those are only the top seven.

When it comes to party tilt, the numbers are pretty clear. According to a Gallup poll published in February of 2013, Hispanics tend to lean highly Democratic, with 51 percent of Hispanics identifying as Democrat or Democratic leaning, 20 percent as independent, and 24 percent as Republican or Republican leaning. Furthermore, according to Gallup’s examination of the study by age groups, young and old among “U.S. Racial/Ethnic Groups” were found to have very similar political views, meaning that the preferences are likely to remain static — assuming nothing major changes.

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