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Poll finds antiwar sentiment stronger among Latinos

Latinos in the United States --particularly immigrants-- are more likely to oppose the war in Iraq than are members of the general population, a national survey released Monday found.

Roberto Suro, director of the Pew Hispanic Center in Washington, D.C., which conducted the survey, says the opinions of Latinos need to be considered because -- at 14 percent of the nation's population -- they are a large and growing political constituency.

Latinos "clearly have a distinctive attitude on this issue; they are more skeptical than the general public," Suro said. "They are, presumably, one of the major political targets for the Republicans at this point, and it would seem that the war is a considerable obstacle" if the GOP is to win greater Latino support.

The telephone survey, conducted Jan. 11-27, found that 51 percent of Latinos thought the United States should withdraw its troops from Iraq as soon as possible, while 37 percent said the United States should keep troops in
Iraq until the situation had stabilized.

Read more at: San Francisco Chronicle

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