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The Italian American Vote, Does it Count?


Contact:   Elissa Ruffino (NIAF) 202/939-3106 or

EVENT: The Italian American Vote, Does it Count?

SPONSOR: The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)

WHEN: Friday, October 28, 2011
2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Georgetown East/West
The Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Panelists: Tony Fratto, former Deputy Press Secretary to President George W. Bush
Ruy Teixeira, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress

Washington Insiders will discuss the Italian American constituency and the results from the recent IBOPE Zogby International Poll regarding social values of Italian Americans.

Some of the questions that the speakers will explore are: What does the Italian American vote mean for the 2012 election? Is there an Italian American voting block or have Italian Americans assimilated into mainstream American politics? Do people vote along ethnic, racial or gender lines?

The panelists will discuss findings from the poll including: Of the Italian Americans who are registered to vote, 98 percent of them revealed that they are likely to vote in national elections. Italian Americans, the fifth largest ethnic community in the country, are nearly evenly split between the Democratic (37 percent) and Republican (30 percent) parties. A similar percent of Italian Americans (31 percent) are neither Democrats nor Republicans, choosing instead to be Independent or Unaffiliated.

The conference is presented in conjunction with the NIAF 36th Anniversary Convention and Gala Weekend. All conferences are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Johnny Strada at or 202-939-3121.

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the heritage and culture of Americans of Italian descent.