Additional Research

Hispanic Voters Align with Conservative National Security Policies

March 17, 2010
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Asked to assess the impact of Obama’s national security and foreign relations policies on the nation’s safety, 37 percent of Hispanic voters believe his policies have had no effect, 36 percent believe his policies have made the nation safer, and 22 percent believe the nation is less safe. Hispanic voters did express disagreement with two of President Obama’s central tenets on national security.



On the issue of holding prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Hispanic voters were given these two options:




Congressman A says holding prisoners at Guantanamo Bay weakens America’s moral authority and isn’t in keeping with our values, OR



Congressman B says holding prisoners at Guantanamo Bay helps protect America by keeping terrorists in custody who would kill Americans overseas.




Hispanic voters prefer Congressman B’s more conservative argument, 62 to 32 percent. Congressman B also garnered majority support among all three partisan groups, earning 83 percent of Republicans, 64 percent of Independents, and 54 percent of Democrats.



On the issue of holding terrorism trials in New York City, Hispanic voters were asked to choose between the following statements:




Congressman A says putting suspected 9-11 terrorists on trial in New York City instead of a military tribunal is a good idea, because it shows that America provides the same rights to everyone, including those suspected of the worst crimes, and a visible, open trial will prove to the world any convictions are deserved, OR



Congressman B says putting suspected 9-11 terrorists on trial in New York City instead of a military tribunal is a bad idea, because it elevates New York City as a terrorism target, will expose confidential intelligence-gathering methods, and gives terrorists captured on the battlefield the same rights as American citizens.




Again, Hispanic voters agree with Congressman B’s more conservative policy and think putting 9-11 terrorists on trial in New York City is a bad idea, 54 to 39 percent overall, with support of 74 percent of Republicans and 59 percent of Independents. Democrats favor the more liberal argument 48 to 44 percent.



Read the full report: Hispanic Voters Align With Conservative Fiscal And National Security Policies

Filed under: National Security and Polling Analysis