New poll shows inflation tops Latinos' minds in U.S.

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Rising costs and inflation were mentioned by more Latinos as a top concern in a new U.S. voter tracking poll, NBC News reported.

According to the poll tracking Latino registered voters, reported by NBC News on Wednesday, nearly half -- 48 percent -- of the 400 Latinos surveyed nationally chose the rising cost of living as the top issue the U.S. Congress and the president need to address.

Women's reproductive and abortion rights were the top concern for 28 percent of those surveyed in the poll, commissioned by National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund, or NALEO, said the report.

The poll, in its sixth year, also showed that addressing mass shootings and gun violence and improving wages and jobs were the third most mentioned concern, with each getting a mention by a quarter of the registered voters.

Although immigration remained among the top 10 concerns, it was the eighth most mentioned. Addressing Covid-19, which disproportionately killed and sickened Latinos and affected their jobs and wealth, was ninth, according to the report.

"What we are seeing here is Latinos are very much concerned with their quality of life as they consider who they are going to vote for and how they are going to vote," Arturo Vargas, executive director of NALEO's educational fund, was quoted as saying by the report.

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