National Leadership Eludes Latinos, but Villaraigosa Gets Top Billing
Latinos say they really need a national leader of their own background. And to prove it, a vast majority can't name one national leader of their own background.
This according to the latest poll from the Pew Hispanic Center. Interestingly, among those leaders with coast-to-coast name recognition named by Latinos polled was L.A.'s very own ...
... ex-mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Despite his lackluster job in L.A. and inability to grab a much-desired Obama administration gig, Villaraigosa's name recognition remains high among the nation's brownfolk. Relatively speaking.
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Mayor V. made the top-five list in name recognition, coming in behind "don't know," "no one" (don't laugh), U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.
Pew says 3 percent of respondents named Villaraigosa.
Pew Hispanic Center
About 62 percent of the whopping 5,103 Latinos surveyed in English and Spanish over the summer couldn't name any Latino they believe is "the most important Hispanic leader in the country today," according to Pew.
Yet almost half (45 percent) said it's very important to have a national leader who is Latino.
Interestingly, only one in five said they used "Latino" or "Hispanic" to identify themselves, with most (54 percent) preferring the nationality of their parents -- Mexican, for example. And nearly one in four (23 percent) just say "American."
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