A new Pew Research Center survey analyzes Latinos' political views ahead of the midterm elections.
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While more Latinos say Democrats work hard to earn their votes than Republicans, about half of them don’t see a “great deal of difference” in what the two political parties stand for, a new poll shows.

A Pew Research Center survey, published Thursday, analyzes Latinos’ political views and the issues they consider of most importance in the midterm elections.

The survey was conducted in August among a randomly selected sample of 3,029 Latino adults, the center said.

Overall, 71% of Latino respondents said the statement that the Democratic Party “works hard to earn” Latinos’ votes describes their views at least somewhat well, compared to 45% of Latinos who said the same about the GOP, the survey found.

A significant share – between 42% and 48% – of Latinos in certain groups said the statement “Democrats work hard to earn Latinos’ votes” described their views very or extremely well. Those groups were immigrants, Spanish-dominant Latinos, Catholics, and evangelical Protestants as well as Latinos ages 50 to 64, and ages 65 or older, the survey shows.

Most Latinos, the survey shows, have a positive assessment of Democrats, but about a third of respondents said they don’t believe the Democratic party represents their interests or really cares about Latinos.

When asked for their opinion about Republicans, 63% of respondents said they do not believe the GOP really cares about Latinos, the survey said.

Researchers also analyzed the respondents’ family origins and found that those who identify as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Central American and South American were more likely to say that Democrats represent their interests well than to say the same of Republicans. Meanwhile, Cubans were split on their assessment of Democrats and Republicans.

Since the 2020 election, the idea of a rising number of Latino Republican voters has dominated headlines and the victory of Republican Mayra Flores in the special election for Texas’ 34th Congressional District in June brought renewed attention to the issue.

But the survey shows the party affiliation of Latinos has not significantly changed in recent years, said Jens Manuel Krogstad, a senior writer and editor at the Pew Research Center and lead author of the report.

About 64% of Latino registered voters said they identified with or lean toward the Democratic Party and 33% identified with the Republican Party. Researc