Economy Now the Top Issue for Hispanics, Poll Finds

Publication: Houston Chronicle

Author: James Pinkerton

01/16/2009 - Worries over the U.S. economy have overtaken immigration among the top issues that Hispanics — the nation’s largest group of immigrants — say should be tackled by President-elect Barack Obama’s administration, according to a Pew Hispanic Center survey.

Only 31 percent of Hispanics rated immigration as an “extremely important” issue facing the new president, according to the nationwide Pew study released Thursday.

The economy received the top ranking from 57 percent of Hispanics, who rated immigration sixth among seven policy priorities.

The December survey of 1,007 Hispanics showed the economy was followed in importance by education, health care, national security and the environment.

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