The Intergenerational Big Government Culture of Hispanics

Article author: 
Fred Elbel
Article date: 
27 October 2013
Article category: 
Our American Future
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A Pew report in 2012 confirmed common knowledge that Hispanics want more big government, not less. While the report did not differentiate between Hispanic citizens and legal immigrants versus illegal alien Hispanics, the report showed that 75% of all Hispanics want bigger government, as compared with 41% of the general population.

Even more interesting is the fact that this preference persists throughout multiple generations. In other words, the children and grandchildren of first generation Hispanic legal immigrants and illegal aliens still overwhelmingly prefer big government.

Thus, it is likely that they would favor government-controlled socialized medicine programs such as Obamacare, as well as pervasive social safety-net programs. The Democratic party more closely aligns with these interests, while the Republican party in principle stands for limited government and individual responsibility. 

While an unending stream of illegal aliens entering into the United States will provide Republican corporate interests with all the cheap labor they want, those foreign job-seekers will remain aligned with the Democratic party for generations. Republicans who believe it is imperative to cater to the Hispanic demographic are fooling themselves - but not their grassroots constituents.

Clearly, importing inordinately high numbers of low-skilled, dependent job-seekers will have a multi-generational impact on the political landscape of America.

From the 2012 Pew Research report, "When Labels Don't Fit: Hispanics and Their Views of Identity":

When it comes to the size of government, Hispanics are more likely than the general public to say they would rather have a bigger government providing more services than a smaller government with fewer services. Some 75% of Hispanics say this, while 19% say they would rather have a smaller government with fewer services. By contrast, just 41% of the general U.S. public say they want a bigger government, while nearly half (48%) say they want a smaller government.

Support for a larger government is greatest among immigrant Latinos. More than eight-in-ten (81%) say they would rather have a bigger government with more services than a smaller government with fewer services. The share that wants a bigger government falls to 72% among second-generation Hispanics Whenand 58% among third-generation Hispanics.

Hispanics want bigger government


It should be noted that other polls confirm this bias: "The 2008 National Annenberg Election Survey found that 62 percent of immigrants prefer a single government-run health care system. The 2010 Cooperative Congressional Election Study found that 69 percent of immigrants support Obamacare... A Harris poll found that 81 percent of native-born Americans believe the schools should teach students to be proud of being American, compared to only 50 percent of immigrants who had become naturalized U.S. citizens. Only 37 percent of naturalized citizens (compared to 67 percent of native-born citizens) think our Constitution has a higher legal authority than international law." - Amnesty Is Republican Party Suicide, TownHall,October 29, 2013..