New Latino faith survey reveals 97 percent are proud of Hispanic heritage

LatinaLista — Now that the Latino population has fully come on the radar of American politicians and businesses, everyone is trying to figure out Latinos.

The latest study claiming to shed light is “Hispanic America: Faith, Values & Priorities” produced in partnership with the American Bible Society and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, among others. The study surveyed a total of 2,046 Latinos, both online and offline, between August and September 2012.

Going beyond the religious views of Latinos, the study’s researchers felt that gauging Latino perspectives on language, culture, money, economics and family would also provide added insight to help complete a fuller picture of today’s growing population of Latinos.

Through the study, it was uncovered that:

  • Seven out of 10 Hispanic-Americans (69%) think public schools should teach the values found in the Bible.
  • 54% identify themselves first as Hispanic or Latino before American, Catholic or Christian.
  • Hispanic-Americans are “very concerned” about school dropout rates (58%), immigration (53%), unemployment (57%), healthcare (54%) and housing (52%).
  • 42% say the Bible influences their views of political and social issues; however, four out of ten Hispanics (43%) read the Bible less than once a year.
  • Hispanics believe the No. 1 way they contribute to American society is through their commitment to family.
  • 78% say the traditional family is the main building block of a healthy community.
  • When faced with a moral or ethical choice, approximately one-fourth (22%) of those surveyed make choices based on principles or standards they believe in say they should do; those standards were most commonly defined by their parents or the Bible.
  • 97% of those surveyed indicated they are proud of their Hispanic heritage.

“Faith and family are the main building blocks of Hispanic-Americans,” said Rev. Samuel Rodriquez, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference president and named by CNN as a leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement. “Given the rapid growth of Hispanics in America, it is time to give more attention to this important segment of the American landscape.”

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