The next America is arriving ahead of schedule. And it could rattle assumptions about the coming presidential election. Last week’s release of national totals from the 2010 census showed that the minority share of the population increased over the past decade in every state, reaching levels higher than demographers anticipated almost everywhere, and in the nation as a whole.
Recent census numbers show a growing Hispanic population, but progressives in Congress want Democrats to understand that the huge growth is no guarantee of added political support. As a consequence, they are teaming up with a national coalition of Latino groups to pressure the Obama administration to stop deportation of illegal immigrants not facing criminal charges.
Last week, with the release of the new census numbers, DC’s political pundits took notice of the growing Latino population and realized that because of immigration, the Republican Party has a major problem on its hands.
If demographics is destiny, then Republicans may have a major political problem on their hands. Why? Because numbers released by the Census Bureau late last week showed massive growth in the nation’s Hispanic population, a community that Republicans have struggled mightily to reach in recent years.
Probably the biggest political news story from the release of new census data was the growth of the Latino community — and the corresponding political power of the Latino vote. As you’ll see below, reporters and pundits around the country focuses on the political implications of these changing demographics.
The potential clout of Latino voters has become as familiar a story line as the gender gap. But what might make 2012 different is the edge Latinos could give President Barack Obama and the Democrats in battleground states which aren’t thought of as immigration portals or left-leaning strongholds.
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau highlights the dramatic increase of the Latino population over the past decade, in both traditional “gateway” states and throughout the nation, with Latinos now comprising more than 1 in 6 Americans. According to Associated Press analysis of the new data, minority population growth makes up 90 percent of the total U.S. population growth since 2000.
In a surprising show of growth, Hispanics accounted for more than half of the U.S. population increase over the last decade, exceeding estimates in most states. Pulled by migration to the Sun Belt, America’s population center edged westward on a historic path to leave the Midwest.
The share of Hispanics living in Florida grew by almost 60 percent over the past decade as the percentage of white residents declined slightly and the proportion of blacks and Asians inched up, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census.
Today, Politico reports on new polling of Latinos in California that confirms those fears. There’s not a lot of love for Republicans.