Posted on Friday, 4 May 2012

White Americans who live in proximity to large numbers of Latinos tend to have more conservative views. All else equal, whites living in zip codes with larger Latino populations are less likely to want the federal government to reduce income inequality, less likely to seek increased spending on health care for the poor, less likely to want to do more to cover the uninsured, and almost significantly less likely…to view poverty as a serious problem. This implication of this set of findings is an important once. Latino context is now shaping core policy concerns of the American public. And it is doing so in a way that mirrors the negative reactions that have often faced the African American community in the past. In contexts where Latinos are prominent (and perhaps threatening), whites tend to be eager to reduce services and expenditures that benefit the bottom rungs of society.
Zoltan Hajnal et al., “Immigration and the Political Transformation of White America: How Local Immigrant Context Shapes White Policy Views and Partisanship,” University of California, San Diego Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, International Migration Conference, March 12, 2010

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