Thursday, November 14, 2019

Second-Generation Latinos Seemingly More Democratic Than Parents

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A new study from the Pew Research Center reports that second-generation Latinos lean more democratic than their parents by almost 10%, 71% to 63%.

“What’s striking over the past several decades is that the two groups at the heart of the modern immigration wave — Hispanics and Asian-Americans — have both been trending Democratic over time, as they sink their roots deeper into American society,” says Paul Taylor, Executive Vice President of the Pew Research Center.

The study also found that there was a gap between immigrant parents and their children with social issues. Almost half of first-generation Latino immigrants felt that homosexuality should be accepted by society, with that number jumping to two-thirds among second-generation Latinos.

On abortion, the study reported that 33% of first-generation Latinos thought it should be legal, while 55% of second-generation Latinos were in favor of abortion rights.

On identity, 33% of first-generation Latinos saw themselves as a ‘typical American,’ a number that increases to 61% when second-generation Latinos are asked. Despite this high percentage of identification, the study also says that the second-generation Latinos still had a strong sense of identity with their ancestral roots.

“The metaphor that people used in the 20th century about immigrants and integration was… America’s a melting pot,” says Taylor. “I think the better metaphor for the 21st century might be a mosaic.”

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