Pew Hispanic Center Study Shows Dire Lack of National Latino Leadership

The results from the 2010 National Survey of Latinos, a bilingual national survey of 1,375 Hispanic adults conducted prior to this month’s mid-term elections by the Pew Hispanic Center were recently released and they demonstrate that Latinos in general feel as though not one single leader represents the Hispanic community on a national scale.

The disturbing realization came when respondents were asked to name the person they consider “the most important Latino leader in the country today.” Almost 64% of Latino respondents said they did not know while an additional 10% said “no one.” This means that over two-thirds of this U.S. Latino population feels as though there is not one single galvanizing leader in the U.S.

Those Latinos who did get named included Sonia Sotomayor (7% of the vote) and U.S. Rep Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill) who came in second with 5% of the total vote. In an even more depressing turn of events, when respondents were asked if they were familiar with a list of eight names—all considered to be leaders in the Latino community— only two were instantly recognizable to the majority of those surveyed: Sonia Sotomayor and journalist Jorge Ramos.

For the complete results, visit: pewhispanic.org