Majority of Latinos in Battleground States Support Reproductive Rights and Gun Reform, New Poll Says

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After being hit with firearms tragedies and knowing the risk to the community from lack of access to quality health care, it appears Latinos have their priorities straight.

According to a new poll, most Latinos in battleground states support reproductive rights and gun reform, NBC News reported.

The poll released last week by Voto Latino showed that large majorities of more than 1,000 registered Latino voters in seven battleground states support gun reforms and reproductive rights.

The online poll, conducted by San Francisco-based polling firm Change Research in early June, showed that 86 percent of respondents thought mass shootings in the United States were a major crisis or problem. 

Voters surveyed overwhelmingly supported several gun reform measures, including 82 percent who strongly endorsed requiring background checks on all gun purchases.

Voters surveyed were registered in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Nearly 90 percent of respondents somewhat or strongly supported requiring people who want to purchase a firearm to receive gun safety training, and about two-thirds somewhat or strongly supported banning assault weapons.

Respondents also overwhelmingly approved of raising the minimum age to purchase a firearm to 21, implementing “red flag” laws — designed to “keep guns away from people deemed a risk to themselves or others” — and mandatory waiting periods, among other reforms.

Similarly, and matching the national trend, more than two-thirds of Latinos surveyed believe abortion should be legal in most or all cases, with the highest approval among young people under 35 and women. Among those surveyed, 65 percent said they would support a law to protect the right to abortion care throughout the U.S. Nearly two-thirds said they would be “more motivated” to vote in November due to the leaked draft of the Supreme Court opinion that would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion-rights decision.

While many think Latinos are becoming more conservative, less supportive of the Democratic Party, or simply believe alike, these numbers show that a large majority of our community, like the rest of the country, has its priorities straight.

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