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One in Three Americans Think Most Hispanics Are Here Illegally

For  many non-Latino Americans, the words “Latino” and “illegal immigrant” are one and the same.  A new poll finds over 30 percent of non-Hispanics believe a majority (over half) of Hispanics are undocumented.  However, the actual figure of undocumented Hispanics in the U.S. is around 18 percent, and only 37 percent of U.S. Hispanics are actually immigrants, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.

These are some of  the findings of a new poll released by the National Hispanic Media Coalition and Latino Decisions on how media portrayals impact public opinion of Latinos and immigrants.

“There is widespread exposure to negative stereotypes of Latinos in the media, and exposure to these images and stereotypes does have a causal effect on people’s perceptions,” explains political scientist Matt Barreto,  principal at Latino Decisions.

Source: NBC Latino. Read full article. (link)

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  • Sevo||

    "One in Three Americans Think Most Hispanics Are Here Illegally"
    Now that is FUNNY!

  • Sevo||

    Oh, and are these the same folks who voted for Obama? Just asking...

  • John Thacker||

    However, the actual figure of undocumented Hispanics in the U.S. is around 18 percent, and only 37 percent of U.S. Hispanics are actually immigrants, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.

    So, if I'm reading that correctly, half of Hispanic immigrants are illegal, but people perhaps don't think of non immigrant Hispanics at all when they think of the term "Hispanic?"

  • 21044||

    This was my first thought too. Is there a common definition of Latino and Hispanic among those who took the survey and those that administered and interpreted the survey's results?

    I could easily see that the Pew Hispanic Center is considering everyone that has a single link to a Spanish speaking country (perhaps as little as Elizabeth Warren's 1/32 claim of being a native American) and the survey respondents definition being those that lived in the US but had Spanish as their first language.

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