Chicago Sun-Times
June 28, 2004

Hispanics say candidates ignore their issues

PHOENIX -- A majority of U.S. Hispanics believe that political candidates are not talking about issues important to the Latino community, according to a poll released Sunday.

The survey was conducted for the National Council of La Raza, a civil rights group dedicated to promoting Hispanic issues.

According to the poll, 58 percent of Hispanics feel candidates are not addressing their concerns. A third disagreed, while 8 percent were undecided.

''Showing up every four years may work for the Olympics, but not for governing,'' La Raza president Raul Yzaguirre said, noting both major political parties need to take Hispanic issues seriously.

Thirty-four percent of those polled said education ranks as the top issue for Latinos, followed by jobs, immigration, civil rights and health care.

The Zogby International poll also found that four out of five Hispanics support giving illegal immigrants who have worked and paid taxes in the United States a chance at becoming citizens.

The poll surveyed 1,000 Hispanics from across the nation May 25-27.