December 28, 2011

As Deportations Rise to Record Levels, Most Latinos Oppose Obama’s Policy

V. Dissatisfaction with the Nation’s Direction

When it comes to the direction of the country today, more than half (56%) of Latinos say they are dissatisfied with the way things are going while 38% say they are satisfied, according to the new Pew Hispanic survey.

Even though a majority of Latinos are dissatisfied, they are notably less downbeat than the rest of the public. Among all American adults, more than three-in-four (78%) say they are dissatisfied with the nation’s direction (Pew Research Center, 2011).

The level of dissatisfaction among Latinos is unchanged from 2010. Then, a similar share 59% said they were dissatisfied with the nation’s direction (Lopez, 2010).

Among Hispanics, there are few differences by nativity. Six-in-ten (59%) native-born Hispanics say they are dissatisfied with the nation’s direction, as do 53% of the foreign born. Also, Hispanic registered voters (58%) are about as dissatisfied as are all Hispanics.

Cite this publication: Mark Hugo Lopez, Ana Gonzalez-Barrera and Seth Motel. “As Deportations Rise to Record Levels, Most Latinos Oppose Obama’s Policy.” Pew Research Center, Washington, D.C. (December 28, 2011) http://www.pewhispanic.org/2011/12/28/as-deportations-rise-to-record-levels-most-latinos-oppose-obamas-policy/, accessed on July 23, 2014.