Latinos Resemble Other Americans in Preferences for US Foreign Policy

February 24, 2015

By: Dina Smeltz, Senior Fellow, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy; Craig Kafura, Assistant Director, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy

When it comes to views on US foreign policy, Hispanic Americans share a very similar worldview with other Americans, according to a new Chicago Council report. The United States will be 30 percent Latino by the year 2050, as new immigrants—the majority from Latin America—and their children and grandchildren comprise 80 percent of the country’s growth. This report debunks the fear that this demographic change will lead to a change to the face of American foreign policy. It also finds that like the overall public, US Latinos prioritize protecting jobs, favor strong US leadership abroad, rank terrorism as a critical threat, and support US military superiority—though key differences exist. The polling results come after a week of immigration making national and local headlines, with an injunction in Texas and a budget crisis in Illinois challenging the implementation of President Obama’s executive action.

The report is also available in Spanish (PDF download).
El informe también está disponible en español (PDF).

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