Ethnic cueing across minorities a survey experiment on candidate evaluation in the United States

Claire L. Adida, Lauren D. Davenport, Gwyneth McClendon

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    The number of minority voters in the United States continues to rise, and politicians must increasingly appeal to a diverse electorate. Are ethnic cues effective with different groups of minority voters? In this article, we investigate this question across the two largest minority groups in the United States: Blacks and Latinos. Drawing on American politics research, we propose that Black respondents will react positively to coethnic and cominority cues, while Latinos will be less receptive to such cues, and that this difference will be due at least in part to varying perceptions of discrimination across the two groups. We test this argument with an experimental design that leverages Congressman Charles Rangel's mixed heritage as Black and Latino. Our results confirm that Black participants respond positively to both coethnic and cominority cues about Rangel, while Latino participants do not. Reactions to ethnic cues in turn correspond to differences in perceptions of discrimination.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)815-836
    Number of pages22
    JournalPublic Opinion Quarterly
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - 2016

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Communication
    • History
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • General Social Sciences
    • History and Philosophy of Science


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