Poll: A Third of U.S. Latino Households Experienced Job Loss Due to Coronavirus

click to enlarge Poll: A Third of U.S. Latino Households Experienced Job Loss Due to Coronavirus
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A new poll found that 35% of Latino households already experienced a job loss  during the coronavirus crisis, while 65% reported having a hard time buying or finding necessities such as food, household supplies or medicine.

The poll, conducted by Latino Decisions in partnership with the Latino-focused health network SOMOS, purports to the first in-depth national poll of the Latino population conducted this year.

Latinos surveyed in poll overwhelming supported social distancing efforts despite the economic hardships they may require. Only 19% were in favor of accelerating the nation’s return to work. Also ccording to the poll, 81% favor doing whatever possible to prevent the spread, “even if it means more weeks of staying at home.”

“Congress has a responsibility to protect every community, and this survey shows that economic relief is not reaching the Latino community despite being disproportionately impacted,” said U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

"The numbers are alarming and wake-up call for lawmakers to include assistance for essential workers such as farmworkers, grocery store clerks, and health care professionals and also mixed-status families, children who are American citizens, in the next coronavirus response package,” the congressman added.

The poll, conducted April 7-12, sampled Latino individuals across the country, including additional sampling in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Texas and California.

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Sanford Nowlin is editor-in-chief of the San Antonio Current.

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