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Poll: Abortion Top 5 Latino Problems


The survey included 2,750 eligible voters in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia and Pennsylvania, with an overall margin of error of plus or minus 1.9 percentage points. The poll includes registered and unregistered voters and was conducted at the end of July.

The top respondent issues that elected officials needed to address were inflation, crime and gun violence, and employment. Specifically, the cost of living, gas prices and low wages were of most concern to voters.

Immigration reform and border security, the pandemic and government spending cuts were among the lowest priority issues for respondents.

More than half of those polled said they thought the Democratic Party was “effective” compared to 45% who said the same about the Republican Party. Just over half of those polled approved of Biden’s job performance, compared to 42% disapproval.

Gary Segura, president of BSP Research, said those numbers weren’t necessarily positive for the GOP or for Democrats.

“The reason why there might be soft support among Latinos on the Democratic side is pretty clear,” Segura said. “There was no pay raise, no immigration action for the things Latinos lined up for in 2020. You could say they didn’t get what they had to. negotiated.”

Health care ranks fourth in terms of political priorities for Latinos. After the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade, polls have varied on Latinos’ attitudes toward abortion, especially in communities with large Catholic populations. Although many Latinos do not personally agree with the procedure, the majority of survey respondents still said they support free access to abortion in all states. Less than a quarter of respondents said religious leaders should tell members which candidates and which policies to support.

“Abortion has become much more salient, and I would say that’s just one of the most startling findings of the poll,” Segura said. “I go back to my poll and find that abortion hovers around 2-3% in terms of importance to Latino voters. Here we have 19% of our voters who chose it as their first, second or third priority.

More than half of those polled said they did not want elected officials to pass regulations on the procedure, while 16% said abortion should be illegal in all states. Florida respondents were least likely to agree with open access, at 70% supporting abortion, and Nevada respondents were most likely at 81%.

Additionally, 80% of Latinas said, regardless of their personal beliefs, that making abortion illegal was wrong, compared to 72% of Latino men. Like other women of color, Latinas are often disproportionately affected by inaccessibility to health care — while having higher abortion rates than non-Hispanic white women.

“Hispanics can be a stabilizing force in American politics…they reject extremes,” said Clarissa Martínez De Castro, vice president of UnidosUS Latino Vote Initiative. “They oppose the removal of rights, as their views on abortion illustrate. They want to see progress on the challenges facing the country…but the misconceptions and faulty assumptions about this electorate persist. And these impact the anemic or ineffective engagement that we consistently see with these voters.

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