Perceptions of Racialized Opportunities and Hispanics' Political Attitudes: Predicting Support for School Vouchers and Government Intervention in Health Care

Frank L. Samson

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In an attempt to understand Hispanics' political incorporation as the United States becomes a "majority-minority" nation, I explore some of the social-psychological processes that shape Hispanics' political attitudes. Specifically, I draw on the segmented-assimilation literature's notion of "modes of incorporation" to argue that immigrants develop perceptions of racialized opportunities (PROPs) as they confront America's segmented opportunity structure. Because of the durability of these racialized mobility trajectories, I propose that PROPs play an important part in the formation of Hispanics' political attitudes. I test the PROPs mechanism using the 2006 Latino National Survey with a sample of 8,634 Hispanic respondents. Ordinal logistic regression models, estimating Hispanics' support for school vouchers and government intervention in health care, indicate that PROPs are related to Hispanics' political attitudes, especially in regard to support for school vouchers. Moreover, this social-psychological mechanism informs the political attitudes of both U.S.-born and foreign-born Hispanics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1525-1564
Number of pages40
JournalAmerican Behavioral Scientist
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2012



  • Latinos
  • middle classes
  • race relations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education

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