WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A large percentage of U.S. Hispanics feel the economy is the top issue facing them and the incoming U.S. president, a survey indicates.
The Pew Hispanic Center said in a release that its survey of 1,007 Latino adults found that 57 percent of respondents tabbed the economy as a very important issue for their community and U.S. President-elect Barack Obama.
In comparison, a 31 percent of respondents said the issue of immigration was a key concern for the incoming Obama administration.
The survey, conducted Dec. 3-10, also found that U.S. Hispanics appear optimistic about Obama's role as the 44th president of the United States.
More than 72 percent of respondents said Obama would likely enjoy a positive first term as head of state.
Nearly 74 percent of all survey respondents said they were more intrigued by the 2008 presidential election than in 2004.
The Pew Hispanic Center said the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush was deemed to have more failures than successes by 54 percent of the survey's participants. No margin of error was reported.