In U.S., Hispanics Least Worried About Election Outcome

In U.S., Hispanics Least Worried About Election Outcome

The FINANCIAL -- Despite Donald Trump's harsh anti-immigration rhetoric throughout this year's presidential campaign, Hispanics are less likely than either whites or blacks to "strongly agree" that they are afraid of what will happen if their candidate loses. Hispanics also are less likely to agree that the stakes in this year's presidential election are higher than usual.

Large majorities of all three major U.S. racial and ethnic groups agree the election stakes are higher this year than in prior years, with 66% of blacks, 63% of whites and 50% of Hispanics strongly agreeing. And while roughly seven in 10 or more of each group agree they are afraid of what will happen if their candidate does not win, 64% of blacks, compared with 53% of whites and only 38% of Hispanics, strongly agree.

U.S.-Born Hispanics More Concerned Than Hispanic Immigrants About Election

Hispanic immigrants account for most of the differences between the views of Hispanics and those of blacks and non-Hispanic whites. Sixty-nine percent of native-born Hispanics strongly agree that this year's election stakes are higher than usual, compared with 31% of Hispanic immigrants. Forty-five percent of Hispanics born in the U.S. strongly agree they are afraid of what will happen if their candidate for president does not win, compared with 30% of Hispanic immigrants.

Hispanics have been less likely than other racial or ethnic groups to vote in recent elections. The Democratic Party, which typically garners strong support from Hispanics who do vote, has mounted a major drive this year to build interest and increase the number of Hispanics registered to vote.

Among U.S.-born Hispanics, 87% say they are registered to vote, slightly less than the 93% of non-Hispanic whites who are registered to vote. Among Hispanic immigrants, 28% say they are registered, and another 27% plan to register before the election.

Younger Blacks, Black Women Most Afraid of Election Outcome

Almost three in four black women (72%) strongly agree that they are afraid of what will happen if their candidate loses, compared with 55% of black men. The gender gap is smaller among whites and virtually non-existent among Hispanics.

Although younger blacks (71%) are more likely than those who are older (54%) to strongly agree they are afraid of the election outcome, the reverse is true among Hispanics and whites -- older Hispanics and whites express the most fear.

Combining all races and ethnicities, Democrats (63%) are more likely than Republicans (53%) to strongly agree that they are afraid of what will happen if their candidate loses the election.

Bottom Line

Strong majorities of whites, blacks and Hispanics agree the stakes are high in the 2016 presidential election, and that they have reason be worried if their candidate loses. The two groups that mostly vote Democratic -- blacks and Hispanics -- seem, on the surface, to have widely differing views, but the differences almost dissolve when considering only native-born Hispanics. Non-Hispanic whites, who are more likely to be Republican, show similar levels of concern about the outcome of the election.

In less than a month, both Republicans and Democrats will have held their party's national convention and nominated their candidates. The tone at each of those events will give a preview of how much the fall campaigns will aim to capitalize on the fears most Americans have about the consequences if their candidate loses.



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