Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

About

Victoria is Assistant Dean at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a contributor to MSNBC and Telemundo. Her areas of expertise in the domestic policy landscape include immigration, Latinos, women and childcare, and economic equity. more→

Research

Victoria brings an interdisciplinary lens to understanding policy development and its intersection with institutional and political contexts. Underlying her academic work is the applicability of rigorous research to on-the-ground policy realities.

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto
Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Recent Media

This post originally appeared on NBCLatino.

As a Latina from the Southwest I feel proud to see Governor Susana Martinez at the helm of New Mexico and as a potential Republican vice presidential pick.  I respect her hard work and know the obstacles she has faced as a woman of color.  I applaud Governor Martinez, but I wouldn’t vote for her.  She may be a woman and a Latina, but I don’t agree with her policy positions.  And it’s this policy discrepancy that will ultimately keep ladies—Latinas and non-Latinas alike—from supporting a Romney-Martinez ticket.

Women consistently support Democratic candidates over Republican candidates, regardless of the gender of the candidates.  Since 1980, there has been a discernible gender gap in how men and women vote.  For example, in the 2008 presidential election women favored the all male Obama-Biden ticket by seven percentage points over the McCain-Palin ticket.   Even in 2010 when a record number of Republican women, ran and were elected to office the gender gap remained; women continued to be less likely to support Republican candidates.

Susana Martinez was one of the GOP women swept into office in 2010.   She had the curious circumstance of running against a Democratic woman so the possibility of attracting votes based on gender alone was not an issue in this race.  We don’t know exactly what the general voter breakdown was based on gender since there were no exit polls.  However, we do know from the Latino Decisions Election Eve poll that only 30 percent of Latinas voted for Martinez while the rest voted for her Democratic challenger.  In other words, the gender “gap” was more of a gulf in 2010 among New Mexican Latinas and very likely among non-Latina women. (more…)