Research Fellow Lanhee Chen writes in his Bloomberg column:

"...there may be an opportunity for Republicans in particular to connect with Hispanic voters in California. Although we found a lack of economic confidence across the board, the poll results were especially pronounced among Hispanics. On paper, California Republicans have the right economic message to appeal to Hispanics, particularly those in parts of the state still suffering from unemployment rates as high as at the peak of the recession.

Unfortunately, continued inaction on immigration reform in Washington blocks Republicans’ ability to communicate on pocketbook issues. We know this because during last year’s presidential campaign, Republican nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney had an economic message that should have appealed to Latinos, who faced significantly higher unemployment rates than whites during President Barack Obama’s first term in office."

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