Black and Latino Voters Are Actually Very Concerned About Economic Issues
Dara Lind and then Joan Walsh (largely just quoting Dara Lind) are out with pieces arguing people like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are taking a pass on race issues and, oddly enough, that Hillary Clinton is actually doing better in this regard. Noticably absent from both pieces is public polling about what kinds of issues Blacks and Latinos rank as most important.
Here is Lind:
But there's a reason I say "those progressives" instead of just "progressives": because not everyone in the Democratic base shares those particular passions, or those passions alone. For other progressives — many of them black or Latino — economic inequality is important, but so is racial inequality. They're extremely concerned about racial bias in policing, and about ending mass incarceration. They're concerned about the treatment of unauthorized immigrants, and about protecting voting rights (an issue like campaign finance where progressives are worried the integrity of the political system is at stake — and where the outcome doesn't look good for them).
In case you were wondering, I did not omit any hyperlinks from that blockquote. These are apparently coming from Lind's intuition of how things are operating out there in the world. However, one has to wonder how representative Lind's sense of the country actually is.
Latinos and Immigration
Lind's main beat is immigration and she's very good at it. Which is why I was somewhat surprised to see that she missed this 2012 Gallup report titled "Hispanic Voters Put Other Issues Before Immigration." When asked to choose which issue was the most important to them among six options, here is how Latinos as a whole answered.
When given this choice, only 20% of Latinos overall rank immigration issues as the most important to them, and only 12% of Latino registered voters. Note that all of the other issues are economic issues of one sort or another.
Gallup had another report, also in 2012, that had Latinos ranking immigration even lower than this:
Asked about a variety of pressing national priorities, 49% of Latino voters identified the economy as the most important issue facing the country, followed by health care (24%) and illegal immigration (16%). That ranking is similar to that of all U.S. voters, among whom 45% named the economy, 25% heath care and 14% illegal immigration.
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