Survey: Portuguese Americans reject Hispanic Label
Preliminary data from a survey being conducted online, by the
Washington based Portuguese American Leadership Council of the United
States (PALCUS), has shown that Americans of Portuguese descent reject
being classified as Hispanic.
The objective of the survey was “to gauge the overall sentiment of
the Portuguese-American community” on the issue relating to news that
the “US Census Bureau is planning to add Portuguese to the Hispanic
designation of ethnicity for the 2020 National Census.”
Of the about 4,800 participants who had responded to the survey by
Thursday, February 28, 90 percent had indicated they do not consider
themselves Hispanic or Latino.
About 70% of respondents considered being white and 80% believed the
Portuguese community should unite to prevent the US Census Bureau from
classifying Portuguese Americans as Hispanics.
An estimated 1.4 million people in the US claim Portuguese ancestry, according to the 2011 US Census.
Source: Portuguese American Journal