Monday, November 3, 2008

What Monolith?

Lest you think that voters of a certain group, say Hispanic, all vote the same way, a couple of interesting poll results should disabuse you of that idea.

In New Mexico, for example, Barack Obama has a 41-point (66-25) lead among Hispanic voters according to a poll in the Albuquerque Journal (via KOB-TV).

In Florida, John McCain leads 53-47 according to the Miami Herald. And it is broken down by nationality

…in Miami-Dade, Cubans, Venezuelans and Nicaraguans favor McCain. Respondents born in Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the Honduras, the Dominican Republican and Puerto Rico lean toward Obama.

I guessing that the McCain supporters are basing their votes at least in part on their country’s recent political past as well as factors here in the U.S. (Several local bloggers of Cuban ancestry in Miami are sure that Barack Obama is the spawn of Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez.)

New Mexico, on the other hand, has had a Hispanic population and culture longer than the history of the United States. While there are similarities between them and those here in Florida, it would do well to remember that there’s more to an ethnic group than a language and an ancestry.