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Focusing on Latino communities–and not on whether they’re for Biden or Trump

People hold signs as President Joe Biden visits his Wisconsin election campaign office Wednesday, March 13, 2024, in Milwaukee.
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People hold signs as President Joe Biden visits his Wisconsin election campaign office Wednesday, March 13, 2024, in Milwaukee.

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Election coverage in 2024 has portrayed individual members of Latino communities as a collective bloc. As coverage of polling sacrifices nuance over numbers, an opportunity is missed to delve into issues that a large percentage of Americans care about.

Polls are used in the media, for example, to show that President Joe Biden is behind in his campaign–and that Latinos are breaking for former president Donald Trump. But, a report from the Brookings Institute, shows that Latinos are underrepresented in most polls. And that “national election polls are not designed for sub-group analysis.”

Today on The Wheelhouse, honing in on people and policy, and not on who prospective voters from the Latino diaspora are going to vote for.

To include more Latino voices in the conversation, we arranged a bilingual phone operator to receive calls in both English and Spanish, marking The Wheelhouse’s first bilingual show. We will be doing more of these programs in the future. If you have feedback or suggestions please reach out: wheelhouse@ctpublic.org.

This episode continues Connecticut Public and The Wheelhouse's election coverage, connecting people to policy. We’ve already tackled reproductive rights, how to talk to your kids about politics, and the role of the media in presidential elections.

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Frankie Graziano is the host of 'The Wheelhouse,' focusing on how local and national politics impact the people of Connecticut.
Chloe Wynne is a producer for The Wheelhouse, hosted by Frankie Graziano. She previously worked as a producer and reporter for the investigative podcast series, Admissible: Shreds of Evidence, which was co-produced by VPM and Story Mechanics and distributed by iHeartRadio. She began her journalism career at inewsource, an investigative newsroom in San Diego, Calif., where she covered housing, education and crime. She earned her master’s degree from Columbia Journalism School in 2021, where she focused on audio storytelling.


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