ERIC Number: ED354281
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Latino National Political Survey. Summary of Findings.
de la Garza, Rudolfo O.; And Others
This study surveyed political values, attitudes, and behavior of Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans in the United States. This report describes U.S. Latinos as foreign-born, native (U.S.)-born, non-U.S. citizens, and U.S. citizens. The study used a household, in-person survey, in English or Spanish (interviewee's choice), of 1,546 Mexicans, 589 Puerto Ricans, 682 Cubans, and 598 non-Latinos. The survey was conducted between August 1989 and April 1990. Findings indicate that: (1) the U.S.-born have significantly higher levels of education, income, and job status than the foreign-born; (2) only the foreign-born speak mostly Spanish; (3) it is difficult to place any subgroup at any one point on the political spectrum; (4) ideologically, U.S. Latinos identify themselves as moderates or conservatives, although they support increased spending on many domestic issues; (5) Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans express strong commitment to and identification with their own national-origin groups, although the three together do not identify as one community or see themselves as similar culturally or politically; (6) despite widespread perceptions among Anglo political leaders, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans are generally well-incorporated into U.S. society; and (7) all U.S. Latinos are much more involved in general political activities and school-related activities than in voting. Four figures and four tables are included, among which are: "Education by National Origin and Nativity"; "U.S. Citizens and Residents Should Learn English" (reactions tabulated by national origin); "Objective of Bilingual Education" (reactions tabulated by national origin). (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.; Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Tinker Foundation, New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Inter-University Program for Latino Research.