Poll Shows Economy is Top Priority for Latinos
(Washington, D.C.) – According to a new poll released today, the priority issue for Latino voters remains the nation's economy. The survey – by Latino Decisions – reports that only 37 percent of Latinos say their financial situation has gotten better over the last 5 years, while 25 percent say it has gotten worse. A full 53 percent are very or somewhat concerned that someone in their household will lose their job and face unemployment. And half say that in the last year, they worried they would not have enough to pay their monthly bills on multiple occasions. Despite these negative sentiments about the weak economy, Latinos remain very upbeat about the American Dream – with more than 70 percent saying that they have reached it, or will do so during their lifetime.
Daniel Garza, Executive Director of The LIBRE Initiative, released the following statement:
"It shouldn't come as any surprise that the top priority for America's Latino community is fixing this bad economy. Good jobs are hard to find, and wages are not growing. Millions of young Hispanic workers are suffering under high college debt and uncertainty about their future – and they cannot find work that allows them to develop their skills and build their own American dream. And while hard work, know-how, and discipline have traditionally been the key to starting and growing a successful small business, the weak economy has taken even that away from many people who choose that path.
So far, the president has offered little more than speeches and old, failed ideas. He has seemed either unable or unwilling to work with Congress on a plan to limit spending, curb regulation, and get government out of the way of entrepreneurs and real economic growth. If he is truly out of ideas, it is time for a new approach."