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The Hispanic Century

Hispanic voters are poised to change American politics—and neither party has sealed the deal

May 4, 2011, 12:00 am

By the Numbers: Hispanic Voters in New Mexico

Number of states, including New Mexico, with a majority-minority population: 5

Percentage of New Mexicans who identified as Hispanic in the 2010 US Census: 46.3

Percentage of Santa Fe County residents who are Hispanic, according to 2009 Census estimates: 45.6

Percent increase in New Mexico’s Hispanic population between 2000 and 2010, according to the Census Bureau: 24.6

Number of eligible Hispanic voters in New Mexico: 525,000

Percentage of Hispanic residents and white residents, respectively, who are eligible to vote in New Mexico: 59, 81

Number of states in which more than 59 percent of Hispanic residents are eligible to vote: 0

New Mexico Congressional district with the highest percentage of Hispanic eligible voters in 2008: 2 (southern New Mexico)

New Mexico Congressional district with the highest percentage of Republican voters: 2

Percentage respectively of Hispanic registered voters and all registered voters who said they’d given the national election “quite a lot of thought” in October 2010: 32, 50

Percentage respectively of Hispanic voters registered as Republicans and Democrats who said the same: 44, 28

Sources: US Census Bureau, Pew Hispanic Center, New Mexico Secretary of State

A longer account of this study, including an extensive discussion of the data obtained and methodology used, is available at the Stanford Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society website at siqss.com.

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