Only about half of young immigrants who grew up in the United States without legal status identify with the Democratic Party, while nearly half say they are independents or have some other non-party affiliation, according to a study published Tuesday. The findings run counter to perceptions that the young immigrants, who are known as “Dreamers,” overwhelmingly favor Democrats, and suggest that their political views will be shaped by what progress is made in Washington on an immigration overhaul that would provide a path to citizenship.
The study also reveals skepticism among the youths about both political parties, although more so about Republicans. According to the study, about four in 10 felt [40%] closer to the Democratic Party based on its positions on immigration, while 5% said they felt closer to the Republicans because of their views. Four in 10 young immigrants said they could not support Democrats
as they don’t get their own way “as long as immigration reform is not passed.”
The nationwide study is based on one of the largest surveys to date of undocumented youths, who have been difficult to sample because of their immigration status. The results are based on responses from 1,472 immigrants in surveys conducted in late 2013 and early this year. The study was led by Tom K. Wong, a professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. It was commissioned by Unbound Philanthropy, a foundation that funds immigrant and refugee rights groups, and the United We Dream Network, an advocacy group.
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They are only “disenchanted” for now. Once they get their citizenship, they will be reliable Democrats (5% support for Republicans!) But the Republicans politicians in the USA now are not very concerned: their main purpose in life seems to be to get cheap workers for their corporate sponsors. Elections are no longer important to them, it seems.