Matt Barreto
Published October 7, 2013
Updated April 1, 2021

Matt Barreto is a political science and Chicana/o and Central American studies professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the co-founder of Latino Decisions, a polling firm that looks at the political opinions of this increasingly influential group. Time called Latino Decisions the “gold-standard in Latino American polling.” He is also the co-founder of the research and polling firm BSP Research. At UCLA, Barreto founded the research center Latino Policy and Politics Initiative and the UCLA Voting Rights Project.

Barreto’s expertise lies in Latino public opinion, voting behavior and race politics in the U.S., including voter ID laws. Along with Latino Decisions co-founder Gary Segura, he was a principal investigator of the American National Election Study Latino oversample, the first-ever oversample of Latino voters.

In 2020, Barreto was hired by the Biden presidential campaign to direct polling and focus group research for Latino voters. He was hired by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2015 to direct polling and focus group research for Latino voters. In 2016, he also directed Latino outreach research for the election campaigns of senators Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-Nev.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.).

Expertise: Politics, Latino electorate, Latino political opinions, voter ID laws, Voting Rights Act

Location: Los Angeles, Calif.


Phone: (909) 489-2955

Twitter: @realMABarreto

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