Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Pew Research Study: 13% of Hispanics vote

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The 5.6 million votes cast in 2006 midterms by Hispanics represented only 13 percent of the total Hispanic population compared to the 27 percent of all blacks who cast votes and 39 percent of all whites who voted -- a disappointing turnout attributed to a population too young to vote or ineligible because of citizenship status.

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BY THE NUMBERS

• Whites accounted for 24% of the U.S. population growth between 2002 and 2006 and 47% of all eligible new voters.

• Latinos gained 1% more registered voters and voted 2% more in 2006 than in 2002.

• Whites gained 2% more registered voters and voted 1% more in 2006 than in 2002.

• Black-registered voters declined by 2% and voted 1% less in 2006 than in 2002.

In 2006:

• 13% of all Latinos voted, a 1% increase

• 39% of all whites voted, a 2% increase

• 27% of all blacks voted, no change

• More than 400,000 legal permanent residents are eligible for U.S. citizenship -- and the right to vote -- in Illinois.

• There are 55,000 registered Hispanic voters in Chicago -- about 13% of all registered to vote.