Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 11-29-2023

Faculty Advisor(s)

Dr. John Compton


In recent years, there has been a notable divergence in the voting behavior of Latinos and Hispanics in the United States across generations, including an uptick in Republican vote share in regions such as South Florida. There has been a lack of consensus as to why this is occurring and literature seeking to explain this phenomenon has been limited in its evaluations and has failed to control for variables such as age, gender, education level, and religiosity. There has also been an overemphasis on the role political assimilation and voter participation play for this minority group. This study theorizes that although these variables play a key role in these generational differences, the development of a strong party identification is what best explains this deviation, and this is by no means a new political phenomenon. This study will utilize data from the 2020 American National Election Study (ANES) to evaluate how the development of a strong party identification explains the rise in Republican vote share among Latino voters in recent years and explain the role generational status plays.


Presented at the Fall 2023 Student Scholar Symposium at Chapman University.