by the Phoenix Business Journal
A study by the Pew Hispanic Center shows Latinos lack national leadership in America.
The Pew study surveyed Hispanics nationally asking them ‘Who is the most important Latino leader in the country today?”.
Seventy-four percent said don’t know or no one.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor received 7 percent the most of any person named.
The survey results show both parties have opportunities but have missed chances with Latino voters.
Republicans take anti-immigrant stances sometimes which turn Hispanics off but appeal to Latinos on social and entrepreneurial issues. Most Latinos are Catholic and more socially conservative.
Republican Hispanics did win on election day including Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate race in Florida and Susana Martinez in the New Mexico governor’s race.
Democrats are more in line with Hispanics on economic issues but aren’t always in tune with them on other matters. Democrats have also tended to focus more on other constituencies such as women, blacks and union members than Hispanic voters.