Mexicans love government: A reader suggested that I look to see if Mexican-Americans (MA) are liberal on goverment spending. I calculated the following numbers (using the GSS):
Very strongly agree that government should reduce income differences
All Americans 18%
Agree that government is right on track with concern about social welfare
All Americans 73%
Very strongly agree that government should help pay for medical care
All Americans 29%
Very strongly agree that government should improve our standard of living
All Americans 17%
Very strongly agree that government should do more
All Americans 14%
So it's true that Mexicans believe in government spending more than the general population. Blacks are notorious for believing that government is the answer to everything--MAs are somewhere between blacks and everyone else. It doesn't surprise me when poor groups look to government as the way up. What surprises me is when I see the love affair between wealthy groups and government (e.g., Jews and Chinese).
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