Direct correspondence to Jeff Timberlake, Department of Sociology, University of Cincinnati, PO Box 210378, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0378 〈firstname.lastname@example.org〉. Timberlake will share data and coding for replication purposes upon request. This research was supported by funding from the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center at the University of Cincinnati. The authors thank Eric Rademacher and the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati for data and codebooks, Amy Baumann Grau and Junia Howell for research assistance, and Vanesa Estrada, Maria Krysan, Jennifer Malat, and the anonymous Social Science Quarterly reviewers for helpful comments.
Stereotypes of U.S. Immigrants from Four Global Regions†
Article first published online: 24 APR 2012
© 2012 by the Southwestern Social Science Association
Social Science Quarterly
Volume 93, Issue 4, pages 867–890, December 2012
How to Cite
Timberlake, J. M. and Williams, R. H. (2012), Stereotypes of U.S. Immigrants from Four Global Regions. Social Science Quarterly, 93: 867–890. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6237.2012.00860.x
- Issue published online: 5 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 24 APR 2012
This study explores variation in stereotypes of U.S. immigrants from Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.
We exploit a split-ballot design in two waves of the Ohio Poll to test hypotheses about effects of contextual and respondent-level characteristics on immigrant stereotypes.
Respondents generally rated Asian immigrants most positively and Latin American immigrants most negatively, with European and Middle Eastern immigrants occupying an intermediate position. Findings from regression analyses indicate little direct effect of county-level percent foreign born or media consumption. The strongest effects observed were income on stereotypes of Middle Eastern and Asian immigrants and concerns about the problem of unauthorized immigration on stereotypes of Latin American and Middle Eastern immigrants.
Our findings suggest that views about the characteristics of certain groups of immigrants are strongly linked to national-level debates about unauthorized immigration.