Do Social Ties Encourage Immigrant Voters to Participate in Other Campaign Activities?

Casey A. Klofstad, Benjamin G. Bishin

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Abstract

Objective: How do immigrants become politically active? While this process has been extensively studied, the role of ties to formal and informal institutions of society has been understudied. We test whether informal (political discussion) and formal (connections to community organizations) ties encourage immigrant voters to participate in other campaign activities. Methods: Data were collected through a 2008 exit poll of Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA voters. Along with assessing the bivariate relationship between social ties and campaign participation, we use a Poisson event count regression model to control for alternative explanations. Results: The positive relationship between social ties and campaign participation among immigrant voters disappears once we control for alternative explanations. There is, however, a positive relationship among the native born (including second-generation immigrants). Conclusion: Voters need to acquire personal resources, and become assimilated into American political culture, before social ties have an effect on campaign participation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-310
Number of pages16
JournalSocial Science Quarterly
Volume95
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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