|Poll: Mexicans say Mexican-Americans Owe Loyalty to Mexico Over U.S.
| October 15, 2009
(CNSNews.com) - Nearly 70 percent of Mexicans surveyed said that Mexican-Americans – including those born in the United States – owe their primary loyalty to Mexico, not the U.S., according to a Zogby poll commissioned by the Center for Immigration Studies.
The in-person poll, taken during August and September, sampled 1,004 Mexicans across the country on subjects related to illegal immigration and amnesty in the United States.
When asked “Should the primary loyalty of Mexican-Americans be to Mexico or to the U.S.?” 68.8 percent of respondents in Mexico said that it should be to Mexico, while only 19.7 percent said it should be to the United States. Another 11.5 percent of respondents said they were not sure.
Steven Camarota, director of research at the CIS, told CNSNews.com that the Spanish phrase translated as “Mexican-Americans” (“los estadounidenses de origen mexicano”) was carefully selected to ensure that respondents knew that it included those born in the U.S. He particularly stressed the Spanish word ‘estadounidenses.’
“It means ‘United States-ian’ -- (that's) how it translates,” he said,
“and it’s understood by everyone in Mexico to include, clearly, people
born in the United States of Mexican ancestry.”
The data shows that the percentage of potential illegal immigrants who hold that belief is nearly identical to the percentage among the general Mexican population, Camarota said.
Other poll results centered on how Mexico itself would react to an amnesty in the United States -- which was the reason for the poll, according to Camarota.
“How an amnesty would be perceived or received in that country is important
to think about if you’re arguing for legalization,” he noted. “That’s the
number one reason we did it.”
Calls to Mexican-American and immgration groups were not returned.