A recent poll confirms what a growing number of politicians, community leaders and mainstream news media already suspected: Most Latinos, like most other Americans in battleground states, support a plan to reduce the deficit that includes more revenue from tax increases for the wealthiest people.
Among other things, the impreMedia/Latino Decisions Nov. 5 poll found that of the more than 5,600 Latino voters polled, 77% favor increasing taxes on the wealthy as part of a plan to reduce the deficit. In contrast, only 12% of respondents favor a reduction plan that consists only of cuts to public spending. Even most of the Republican voters polled—51% of them—support the wealthy paying their fair share of taxes.
These poll results send a clear message to Republicans in Congress. As AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka stated recently:
At a time when unemployment and foreclosures for Latinos have reached a record high, it is important that our elected leaders in Congress do two things: Say no to more tax cuts for the top 2% and say no to cutting Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security benefits.
Meanwhile, Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), who was recently elected chairman of the House Democratic Caucus for the upcoming 113th Congress, emphasized last week the serious implications of these cuts for Latino families.
Latinos are part of the aspiring class. We are younger and less wealthy than the average American. We are first-time house buyers....We aspire to be in the middle class. If you squeeze those who aren’t in the middle, they may end up out.