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Virtually No U.S.-Born Hispanics Get Their News in Spanish Alone

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(AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Nearly one in three foreign-born Hispanics consume only Spanish-language news, but their kids—and their kids' kids—drop the habit pretty quickly.

Only 11 percent of the foreign-born rely only on news in English, with 59 percent getting their news in both languages and 31 percent getting it just in Spanish, according to a new Pew survey of how Hispanics consume news. That quickly shifts, however, for Hispanics who are born in the U.S. Among those groups, just 2 percent get their news in Spanish alone, though some still get news in both languages. By the third generation, nearly three quarters of Hispanics get their news only in English.

 

The native-born, however, find English news to be less accurate than Spanish news. Forty percent of the native-born say English news in "often inaccurate," while only 26 percent say the same of Spanish news.

The persistence of that disparity—that U.S.-born Hispanics even generations out find more inaccuracies in English news than in Spanish news—could have implications for the Republican Party, which has had trouble convincing some of its own members of the value of reaching out to Hispanics in the Spanish media.

 

Less skepticism of Spanish news could translate to better PR for the GOP. That is if its members will agree to embrace the form.

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