A New Poll Looks At U.S. Latinos' Foreign Policy Views

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Significantly more Latinos than non-Latinos see climate change as a critical threat, but there is a narrower gap when asked about whether immigration is a threat to the country, according to a newly released poll by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Yet on most foreign policy issues, Latinos had very similar views to non-Latinos when surveyed, challenging the notion that large numbers of Latino immigrants coming to the United States will not share the same values.

“Some people worry that the changing demographics will shift our foreign policy priorities and that Latin Americans will have greater loyalty to their countries of origin,” said the study’s co-author Dina Smeltz. “Instead what we see is an expression of investment in this country regarding economic policy and security.”

Both groups view the United States as the most influential country in the world and favor strong US leadership. By extension, Latinos and non-Latinos (68% and 69% respectively) approve of the use of American military forces to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and see terrorism as a critical threat.


On most issues, Latinos have very similar views to non-Latinos, a fact that challenges the notion that Hispanics coming to the U.S. will not share the same values.

Latinos are slightly more likely to support the use of troops for humanitarian and peacekeeping missions. Fifty four percent of Latinos, compared to 43% non-Latinos support sending a U.S. military peacekeeping mission to Syria.

However differences emerge on views toward climate change, immigration, and non-military based foreign policy goals.

Half of Latinos view climate change as a critical threat as compared to only one-third of non-Latinos.

When asked if “large numbers of immigrants and refugees entering the United States” was a critical threat 42% of non-Latinos considered that they were. In contrast, only 22% of Latinos view large immigration inflows as a threat to U.S. vital interests.

To read full story: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/new-poll-looks-u-s-latinos-foreign-policy-views-n312056

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