Saturday, May 25, 2024

Report: Latino Behavior on America ‘Optimistic’ Despite Discrimination in Society


A new report conducted by Latino Decisions revealed that Latino families, including immigrants, show very optimistic attitudes towards life, economy, and health care in the U.S. despite any discrimination or negative events in society today. Polling data by W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), The Denver Post and Univision, found that education, health and equal opportunity were also among the issues that ranked higher on the “better” scale for a majority of latinos.

“With Latino children being the fastest growing demographic in the nation, their well-being is critical to America’s future,” said WKKF President and CEO La June Montgomery Tabron. “The polling uncovers challenges faced by children and families, while identifying areas where families are succeeding.”

According to the data, 47 percent of Latino respondents claimed that their health and health care opportunities have significantly improved in the last five years. However, optimism on the economy ranked the highest with 86 percent of undocumented immigrants reporting some of the highest income levels amongst the latino population. For latinos newer to the U.S. specifically, the report found conisitent optimistic behavior about economic opportunities and social progress.

On the contrary, many latinos felt that jobs, dignity and respect, crime and violence fell under areas of improvement. The poll found that across demographic groups, latinos are targets of discrimination and unfair treatment in society. A high 68 percent reported being concerned with law enforcement and the use of excessive force against them.

“Our poll of Latino families demonstrates that despite some gains towards racial equity in Latino communities, we have more work to do,” WKKF Chief Strategy Officer Dr. Barbara Ferrer said. “Achieving racial healing and racial equity are key components of our mission to support children, families and communities in creating and strengthening the environment for children to succeed.”

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