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Opinion

May 23, 2010

Poll finds Hispanics face most prejudice

NORMAN — Hispanics make up nearly 15 percent of the United States population according to 2008 census numbers. That’s about 50 million Hispanics. It’s the fastest growing minority group. In 1990, the count was less than half that number.

By 2050, the census bureau projects, Hispanics will make up 30 percent of the nation’s population and number more than 132 million. Currently, only Mexico has a higher Hispanic population than the United States.

Are they the most discriminated group of Americans? A poll by the Associated Press and Univision found that 61 percent of people overall thought Hispanics face significant discrimination, compared with 52 percent who said blacks do and 50 percent who said women.

The numbers vary by ethnicity. Understandably, 81 percent of Hispanics think they face the highest level of prejudice. But only 59 percent of non-Hispanics said so.

The poll compared the views of nearly 1,000 Hispanics to a similar survey of the general population.

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