Poll: Hispanics More Optimistic Than Democrats, Whites, Blacks ‘Things Are Going to Get Better’ in 2020

Craig Bannister | January 7, 2020 | 9:25am EST
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Hispanics are more optimistic that things will get better in their lives, communities and nation in 2020 than are Democrats, Whites and Blacks, a national USA Today/Suffolk University survey finds.

Overall, four out of five registered voters in the U.S. say their own lives will improve in the new year:

 “Do you think things are going to get better or worse in your own life?”

·         Better: 80%

·         Worse: 11%

·         Undecided: 9%

Fully 85% of Hispanics say their lives will improve in 2020, followed by 79% of Whites and 73% of Blacks.

Only 67% of Democrats say their lives will get better in the new year, compared to 90% of Republicans and 84% of Independents.

Asked about the prospects for their community in 2020, nearly two-thirds of the nation’s registered voters say they expect improvement.

Do you think things are going to get better or worse in your community?

·         Better: 63%

·         Worse: 22%

·         Undecided: 15%

Again, Hispanics are more optimistic (67%) than are Whites (66%) and Blacks (47%) that things will get better in their communities. Only 51% of Democrats say their communities will improve, compared to 78% of Republicans and 62% of Independents.

U.S. registered voters are somewhat less optimistic that things will improve nationally in 2020, but a majority still say things will get better:

Do you think things are going to get better or worse in the nation?

·         Better: 54%

·         Worse: 34%

·         Undecided: 12%

Among Hispanics, 61% say things will improve nationally, compared to 55% of Whites and 38% of Blacks. Republicans were the most optimistic (72%), followed by 58% of Independents and 37% of Democrats who say things in the country will get better in 2020.

The number of Hispanics with jobs set its third straight record high in November, as employment hit 28,350,000. At 4.2%, the Hispanic unemployment rate hovered near its all-time low of 3.9% since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) began tracking the statistic in 1973.

The poll of 1,000 registered voters in the U.S. was conducted December 10-14, 2019 and has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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