And the reason Democrats want amnesty, simple math:The irony in these results is that minorities expressed more faith in both the future and the government than whites did, even though the recession has hit minority communities harder. Rodolfo de la Garza, a political scientist at Columbia University who studies Hispanicsâ€™ attitudes, says that part of the explanation is that whites found the downturn more psychologically wrenching because more of them (especially white-collar whites) had expected to make a steady ascent up the economic ladder. More minority workers hold marginal positions in the private economy, he says, so they were less likely to be shocked by the severity of the downturnâ€"and more likely to turn to government, rather than the private sector, to help survive it. â€œThey didnâ€™t lose money on Wall Street; they had shitty jobs, if they had jobs, so where would they look to if not the [government]?â€ de la Garza asked.
But even so, a solid 73 percent of all nonwhite votersâ€"African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and othersâ€"backed Democratic House candidates in the midterm election, according to the new analysis.