According to a new report conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center, Latinos living in the United States feel they do not have a national leader.
When asked in an open-ended question to name the person they consider "the most important Latino leader in the country today," nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of Hispanic respondents said they did not know. An additional 10 percent said "no one," according to the report.
* Sonia Sotomayor, appointed last year to the U.S. Supreme Court, was the most frequently named individual-some 7 percent of respondents said she is the most important Latino leader in the country.
* U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) of Chicago is next at 5 percent, followed by Los Angeles.
* Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at 3 percent, and Jorge Ramos, an anchor on Noticiero Univision, the national evening news program on the Spanish-language television network Univision, at 2 percent.
* No one else was named by more than 1% of respondents.
The bilingual national survey of 1,375 Latino adults conducted by landline and cellular telephone from August 17 through September 19, 2010 was conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center.
The report, "National Latino Leader? The Job is Open," was authored by Paul Taylor, Director, Pew Hispanic Center, and Mark Hugo Lopez, associate director, Pew Hispanic Center, and is available at the Pew Hispanic Center's website, www.pewhispanic.org.
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