According to a Fox News Latino poll held September 11-13, 48% of Latinos voters determined that the economy is the most important issue in the upcoming presidential election.
Immigration was the fifth most important issue with 6% on the poll. The remaining concerns were health care (14%), education (11%), and social issues (8%).
As previously reported on La Plaza, even after being hit hard by the recent recession, Latinos still remain optimistic that the next generation will be better off than they are today.
Vincent Parrillo, Professor of Sociology at William Patterson University, says that for Latinos, “The possibilities are more, the opportunities are better here, and they’ve put their faith in the new land they have come to.”
On the same survey, the polled voters said they favored President Obama 60% of the time over Mitt Romney when representing their views on education, immigration, health care, job security and national security.
“The economy has to be front and center,” says Rosario Marin, former U.S. Treasurer under President George W. Bush. “Latinos want jobs. That is why they come to this country…to work.”