Public Opinion in State Politics

By Jeffrey E. Cohen | Go to book overview
Save to active project

Mexican-American and Cuban-American Public
Opinion: Differences at the State Level?



Latinos are a pervasive topic of discussion in the new century. On radio and television, and in newspapers, magazines, and academic journals alike, an interest in the Latino community is increasingly audible and visible. Politicians, business executives, movie directors, and academics are all thinking about the implications of this growing population for their own professions. Many of these people are asking the same question—What do Latinos want?—so that their company, party, or organization can sell commercial or political goods to this group. Others worry about the political, cultural, and economic implications of immigration. Such attention both positive and negative is unlikely to dissipate anytime soon.

A key question, however, is whether a “Latino community” exists in the United States. Concepts like “Latino” or “Hispanic” are social constructions that have not necessarily been adopted by the populations in question.A number of researchers are interested in whether “Latinos” think of themselves in such pan-ethnic terms, or whether they prefer nationalorigin identifiers such as Mexican American or Cuban American (de la Garza et al., 1992; Jones-Correa and Leal, 1996).

In response to such concerns, a number of scholars have looked in more detail within the Latino label and found a number of important differences by national-origin group. For instance, Trueba (1999, 33) noted that, “we cannot trivialize the ethnic, social, racial, and economic differ


Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this page

Cited page

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Public Opinion in State Politics


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 286

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?