The majority (56%) of Hispanic registered voters in the U.S. believe the government should “do more to solve our country’s problems.” This is more than the 37% of all American registered voters who say the same. Hispanic voters born outside the U.S. are even more likely to favor government intervention than those born in the U.S.
Hispanic voters who were not born in the U.S. differ most from the views of all Americans. Hispanic voters not born in this country tilt by 61% to 22% toward the view that government should be more involved in solving problems, with almost one in five not having an opinion either way. Hispanic voters who were U.S.-born are more evenly split, with 54% saying government should do more and 41% saying the government is doing too much.
These views reflect in part the fact that Hispanics are significantly more likely than average to identify with the Democratic Party—and that Democrats overall are strongly more likely to favor an interventionist role of government than are Republicans. On the other hand, Hispanics may choose to identify with the Democratic Party because they agree with its positions.
In general, the results underscore the challenge Mitt Romney faces in reaching Hispanic voters, given that this group tilts toward government-involvement policies that are at odds with Romney’s overall philosophy and GOP policy positions.