Racial threat, residential segregation, and the policy attitudes of anglos

Rene R. Rocha, Rodolfo Espino

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The impact of racial context on the political behavior of Anglos has been a focus of social science research for well over half a century. We suggest that a shortcoming of earlier work has been the failure to account for the levels of segregation within a community. Relying on data from the Latino National Political Survey, our findings show that Anglo attitudes toward English-language and immigration policies are significantly related to changes in the size of the Latino population conditional on levels of segregation. We also find that Latinos elicit different reactions from Anglos based on their fluency in English and nativity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-426
Number of pages12
JournalPolitical Research Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2009


  • Immigration
  • Latino politics
  • Racial context
  • Segregation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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