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LA OPINION/UNIVISION ANNOUNCE RESULTS OF THE THIRD IN A SERIES OF SEVEN NATIONAL, STATE AND LOCAL POLLS OF HISPANIC VOTING/POLITICAL ISSUES

LA OPINION/UNIVISION ANNOUNCE RESULTS OF THE THIRD IN A SERIES OF SEVEN

NATIONAL, STATE AND LOCAL POLLS OF HISPANIC VOTING/POLITICAL ISSUES
 LOS ANGELES, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- La Opinion, the nation's leading Spanish-language daily, and Univision conducted a nationwide telephone poll of 508 Hispanics residing in the United States (59 percent citizens). The poll was conducted May 1-3, 1992, and has a margin of error of plus/minus 4.4 percent.
 The presidential race among Hispanic voters nationwide is virtually a dead-heat with George Bush and Bill Clinton tied at 35 percent each and Ross Perot attracting 13 percent of the voters.
 Hispanics identify the economic recession and the increase in crime and drugs in their neighborhoods as the most important issues. When asked to identify the most important issues facing the country, 45 percent responded that the economic recession was the most important and 35 percent identified the increase in crime and drugs in their neighborhoods as the most important issue.
 Hispanics lean heavily to "liberal" positions on the key issues.
 On the issue of government regulation of the economy, 64 percent of Hispanics agreed with the following statement: "Government must regulate and sometimes direct our corporations and industries to protect the common interest of the nation's citizens." While only 26 percent agreed that the free enterprise system works best with a minimum of government interference.
 In the area of education, Hispanics again leaned heavily to the liberal position. Sixty-eight percent felt that funding for public schools should be on an equal basis, with only 26 percent favoring funding of public schools based on property taxes. In the battle against gangs, 72 percent felt that a higher priority should be placed on improved educational programs and more effective social services for the community's youth. Twenty-five percent favored increased police protection and harsher punishments.
 A previous poll conducted in March of this year revealed that Hispanics are overwhelmingly in favor of a national health insurance program by a margin of 70 percent in support and 23 percent opposed.
 The current poll revealed that Hispanics feel a presidential candidate's membership in a club which discriminates against minority and ethnic groups is a worse offense than having an extra-marital affair. Seventy-five percent of those polled stated that membership in such a club was a very serious offense. In contrast, only 38 percent felt that an extra-marital affair was a very serious offense.
 On issues of special interest to Hispanics:
 -- 65 percent support the Free Trade Agreement with Mexico;
 -- 89 percent support bilingual education; and,
 -- 68 percent oppose laws that would deny U.S. citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants born in the United States.
 The public information campaign about AIDS appears to have made an impact among Hispanics. Eighty-two percent feel it is an overall community problem.
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 /CONTACT: Marti Buscaglia of La Opinion, 213-896-2020/ CO: La Opinion; Univision ST: California IN: PUB ENT SU:


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