Democrats Lost 26 Points with Hispanic Voters in 2022 Midterm Elections, Says Pew Research Center

by Katarina Hall


The Republican Party saw significant gains during the 2022 midterm elections in large part due to Hispanic voters, according to a new poll released by the Pew Research Center on Wednesday.

Pew Research Center found that while most Hispanic voters still favor Democratic candidates overall, the Democratic advantage among Latino voters decreased by 26 points, from a 47-point margin in 2018 to 21 points in 2022.

The gains made by the Republican party in the midterm elections were not due to party defections—only 6% of voters crossed party lines, the study found. Instead, it was driven by a lower Hispanic voter turnout, which boosted the share of Republican votes.

“This change was driven by asymmetric changes in voter turnout among Hispanic adults, rather than changing preferences among individual Hispanic voters,” the report noted.

Overall, around 68% of those who voted in the 2020 presidential elections voted in the 2022 midterms.

Voters supporting former President Donald Trump turned out at a higher rate (71%) than voters supporting President Joe Biden (67%).

The survey found that 37% of the Hispanic voters that turned out in the 2018 elections did not vote in the 2022 midterm elections. In other words, around 4 million Hispanics that had previously participated and leaned towards the Democratic party stayed home.

Similarly, the poll also found that the number of female voters supporting the Democratic party decreased from an 18-point margin in 2018 (58% Democratic and 40% Republican) to a 3-point margin in 2022 (51% Democratic and 48% Republican).

Similar to Hispanic voters, the change was driven by a lower voter turnout.

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Katarina is a news reporter at ADN America, with a background as a former Innovation Fellow who conducted research on tech policy, transportation, cities, cryptocurrencies, and immigration.
Photo “Election Day” by Phil Roeder. CC BY 2.0.




Reprinted with permission from ADN America.

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