A comprehensive new survey
of Latinos in the United States reveals an array of
attitudes, values and experiences that is distinct from
take different views than non-Hispanics on what it takes
to be successful in a U.S. workplace, and Hispanics
overall show a strong attachment to the Latin American
nations where they or their ancestors were born. While
Latinos generally take a positive view of life in the
United States, many express concerns about the moral
values Latino children are acquiring here.
Significant differences on a
range of attitudes are apparent depending on whether
Latinos were born in the United States or abroad and
are primarily Spanish or English speaking. Although
large-scale ongoing immigration keeps Spanish a vibrant
presence in the Latino population, English is rapidly
gaining ground, even in immigrant households.
Among native-born Latinos
those who are fully fluent
in English, views on a range of issues are often closer
to those of non-Hispanics than to those who are foreign
born or Spanish speakers, according to the survey
released December 17, 2002, by the Pew Hispanic Center
and the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The 2002 National Survey
of Latinos, a nationally representative survey conducted
between April - June 2002, examines how members of the
Hispanic community identify themselves, their views of
the United States, their experiences with discrimination
both within the Latino community itself and from
non-Hispanic groups, their language abilities and
preferences, their economic and financial situations and
their experiences within the health care system.