New survey finds young Hispanics open to conservative values 

Politicians, campaign strategists, academics, journalists and others who assume  Hispanics aged 18-29 favor higher taxes, more government spending and increased government regulation of business are in for a shock, according to the results of a new survey to be released tomorrow.

The survey was conducted April 16-22 by Kellyann Conway's thepollingcompany/Women Trend survey firm for Generation Opportunity, a recently launched conservative activist group that aims to educate and mobilize young Americans about the economic challenges facing their generation.

Among the results were these:

• By nearly a 3:1 ratio, Hispanic young adults prefer “reducing federal spending” (69%) to “raising taxes on individuals” (27%) in order to balance the federal budget.

• 70% of Hispanic young adults would decrease federal spending if given the chance to set America’s fiscal priorities.

• A 57%-majority of Hispanics agree that “if taxes on business profits were reduced, companies would be more likely to hire."

• In a separate question, a 56%-majority concurred “the economy grows best when individuals are allowed to create businesses without government interference.”

The survey results encourage the conclusion that the young cohort in the country's Hispanic population is much more amenable to appeals based on limited government, individual rights and free markets than the conventional wisdom suggests.

“The desire to work, the drive to succeed, and the ambition to build personal independence are shared among all young Americans. Monthly reports on unemployment are relevant – the numbers include countless patriotic and industrious Hispanic youth whose aspirations to work, build a business, or pursue a profession have been delayed by a lack of economic opportunity,” said Paul T. Conway, president of Generation Opportunity.

 “Elected officials should respect their views and reduce the government interference in the economy which has denied the nation the benefit of their creativity and created a restraint on their dreams to improve their own lives and the lives of their families.”

Conway was chief of staff to Labor Secretary Elaine Chao during the second Bush administration. Generation Opportunity's Facebook page can be viewed here.

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