While Spanish is the number 2 spoken language in the United States and more people speak Spanish in the U.S. than in Spain, a growing number of Hispanics get their news in English, according to a Pew Research study.
In the most recent year studied, 2012, 82% of Hispanic adults said they got at least some of their news in English and 32% said they get their news exclusively in English. Half (50%) said they get their news in both languages.
Why are more Latinos consuming news in English? According to the Pew study:
- Rising numbers of Latinos who speak English well–59%, up from 54% in 2006
- More time in the U.S. for immigrants–20 years in 2011, up from 16 years in 2000
- Rising numbers of U.S.-born Latinos, children of immigrants
(Source: “A Growing Share of Latinos Get Their News in English”, by Mark Hugo Lopez and Ana Gonzalez-Barrera, published July 2013 by Pew Research Center)
By Tom Kranz