Catholicism and the Latino Vote

Mathews, Chris; Smith, Raymond Arthur

This brief focuses on Latinos and how Catholicism might influence their voting behavior. A large majority of Latinos are Catholic and a key indicator of how they cast their ballots is how closely a candidate or policy reflects traditional Catholic values. The Republican Party shares so many of these values which makes it attractive to Latinos, however, because of a recent absence of strong “Catholic rhetoric” in the Republican Party, not only are more Latinos joining the Democrats, they are becoming less religious.


More About This Work

Academic Units
Political Science
Majority Rule and Minority Rights Issue Briefs
Published Here
August 17, 2009