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When labels don’t fit: Are Latinos really more conservative?

PoliticsLatinos tend to be seen as more conservative than others, but a new survey shows that they are no more or less likely than the general population to describe their own views as “conservative” or “very conservative.” In fact, Latinos are more likely to describe their views as liberal.While 30 percent of Latino adults described their views as “liberal,” only 21 percent of U.S. adults did.

Moreover, 75 percent of Latinos said they would rather have bigger government providing more services compared to 19 percent who said they want smaller government. For the general population, these numbers are 41 percent and 48 percent. What about on some other key issues?

  • Abortion: Latinos hold a more conservative view of abortion than the general population (51 percent versus 41 percent), but if you include only native born Latinos, then the rates are the same.
  • Homosexuality: When asked whether it should be accepted or discouraged by society, 59% percentof Hispanics said it should be accepted (similar to the general population at 58 percent).
  • Interracial/interethnic marriage: 84 percent of Latinos are comfortable with their children marrying someone who is not Latino (though only 63 percent are comfortable with marrying someone of a different religion).

In most of the categories, there are differences between the views of foreign born Hispanics and those of native born Latinos. There are also some key differences that correspond to age.

Read more at Pew Research Center.

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. Daniel Ruiz says:

    It makes sense that Latinos would be overwhelmingly in favor of mixed marriages since the Latin America we know today was built upon racial and ethnic mixing from every corner of the planet. I’m pretty sure that if I were to do a DNA test the machine would break :).

  2. I am.

  3. Not conservative. Progressive and tech-minded.. ;-)

  4. I’m a Keynesian, progressive, equal rights-supporting, immigration reform-advocating, antitheist, secular humanist.

  5. The right really wants ‘us’ Latinos to categorize ourselves as conservative so that everytime their conservative” candidate is on the ballot we vote for them because they are conservative even though they’ll pass laws to hurt latino communities and the general working class community as a whole. It’s all BS…

  6. Mexican men want a very conservative style family, and a very liberal lifestyle when they go out!:)

  7. Most of my family is.

  8. I think (to me) The term hispanic encompasses a historical aspect as opposed to a language relationship. (I could be wrong) I find that the term “latino” though I also say I am, I f eel does not convey the languages that make up our vocabulary. IN PR/DR mofongo/african, Pitipua/french, so I feel hispanic describes a historical context of mixing in the Americas and Caribbean w/out application to a word and a generalized origin such as latino which is european origin in the context of the word itself. (I could be wrong.) I feel in my family, the historical background and history applies to hispanic/hispanola because of our mix ancestry. But Latino in the fluidity of the word, i can say because it is an accepted label.(not identity) Being fourth gen, i am glad I still understand and know our history-VERY WELL!

  9. Ideal candidate is fiscal conservative n socially liberal

  10. Mario, progressives believe in “honor, family and tradition” too. Actually, I’d venture to suggest that progressives and conservatives share all the same values; progressives just prioritize them differently. For instance, in a progressive’s mind, equal rights are more important than tradition, and immigration reform is more important than prayer in schools.

  11. The economy is important, of course, but personally, I’d rather live in a country that is broke and just than a country that is rich and unjust.

  12. <——-is a liberal.

  13. Hector: your comments here have me smiling BIG

  14. Pretty sure my views are clear. Not shy about expressing…

  15. I would consider myself traditional, when it come to family but my views are very liberal.

  16. I would consider myself traditional, when it come to family but my views are very liberal.

  17. 30

  18. 30 percent

  19. I’m going to say less than 30.

  20. Wow, 75% for bigger government? Whatever happened to “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”? With an entitlement attitude like that I don’t see a very bright future for the nation especially if Latinos are supposed to be the biggest “minority”. Perpetual servitude to central planners is never a good idea – Latinos seeking this type of assistance will always be in a state of dependence and mediocrity. It’s sad that they don’t understand the concept that a government that governs best, governs least. The majority of Latinos I know are somewhat liberal (with the exception of Cuban Americans) but for the most part all Latinos hold, regardless of ideology, good moral values. Maybe that’s what is making some people think that they are conservatives?

  21. Bzzzzzz!!!! Wrong answer Mario! It’s 30%. Thanks for playing though!

  22. I am late lol 30% percent

  23. I never gave an answer. I was just commenting on the 75% that the article states are for big government.

  24. What does interracial marriage have to do with abortion and gay marriage? You realize the anti-miscegenation laws originated with the left wing New Deal DemoKKKrats, right?


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