Latino Immigrants Feel May 1st Events Was a Success

Latino Immigrants Feel May 1st Events Was a Success


Burbank, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–May 9, 2006–The large majority of Latino immigrants consider the events of this past May first, called the “Great American Stop” or “A Day Without an Immigrant”, which included an economic boycott, rallies and people not assisting work or school, a success, according to a survey released today by Garcia Research Associates.

This national study shows that 81% of the respondents feel that the various activities that immigrants participated in on May first were a success. This opinion is shared by all immigrant Latinos across geographic zones in the US, amongst Latinos of different ages and economic backgrounds. According to the US Census there are approximately 20 million Latino immigrants, thus 81% would be representative of 16.2 million Latino immigrants that feel the events were a success.

“The results of this survey confirm the attitudes of our study conducted prior to May first, which revealed that regardless if they would directly participate in the boycott, the large majority of Latino immigrants feel that what happened on that date was something positive for the immigrants cause,” said Cristina Garcia, director of El Pulso Latino, the division of Public Opinion Polls for Garcia Research Associates.

The study also shows a large participation by immigrants in the May first activities. For example, 65% of the respondents said that they did not attend work, potentially representative of 13 million Latino immigrants. In the west region of the US, in particular because of the influence of the city of Los Angeles, this percentage is as high as 71%.

Overall for the US, 77% of immigrants 18 to 29 indicated that they did not go to work. Amongst those older than 40 years of age, only 50% said that they did not go to work. A similar percentage- 54%- resulted amongst those with household incomes above $50,000.

In terms of the call not to buy anything on May first, 95% of those interviewed said that they did not buy anything, a result corresponding to 19 million Latino immigrants. This number is similar across the whole US, again in the west and in particular in Los Angeles, the results are higher – 98%.

“It is not by chance that Los Angeles has been called ‘the capital of the Latino Immigrants’, said Carlos Rajo, political analyst and who participated in the study as a consultant for Garcia Research Associates. “It is not just a number thing- this is where there the most Latinos- but because of the level of mobilization and participation that Los Angeles has marked the awakening of immigrants”.

Even though rallies in places like Los Angeles say to have involved over half a million people, according to the study, only 25% of the respondents on a nation wide scale said they participated in some sort of rally, which would be representative of 5 million Latino immigrants.

69% of those interviewed said that they did not send their children to school.

The economic or political impact of the occurrences of May first are not clear, yet there is a truth that cannot be ignored: the potential influence of 19 million Latinos across the nation that for an entire day did not buy anything; or the 13 million approximated not to go to work.

The study interviewed 504 Latino immigrants ages 18-64 which a similar percentage of males and females using random digit dial.

Garcia Research is a Latino owned company based in Burbank, California specializing in Hispanic marketing research in the United States.

Latino Immigrants Feel May 1st Events Was a Success