Hispanic Consumers in Florida Optimistic About Economy

Hispanics in Florida are optimistic about their financial situation despite concerns about rising costs and interest rates, according to a new statewide survey conducted by FAU


By james-hellegaard | 4/13/2017

Hispanics in Florida are optimistic about their financial situation despite concerns about rising costs and interest rates, according to a new statewide survey conducted by the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative (FAU BEPI) in the College of Business.

However, they continue to disapprove of U.S. President Donald Trump. Among Florida Hispanics, 39 percent approve of his performance. Of those surveyed, 27 percent identified themselves as Republicans, 37 percent Democrats, 22 percent Independents and 14 percent not registered.

“Hispanics in Florida are better off financially and this is reflected in their feelings about the economy,” said Monica Escaleras, Ph.D., director of FAU BEPI. “However, they still don’t approve of the president’s performance.”

When asked about the country on the whole, 53 percent of Florida Hispanics said they expect good times financially for the next five years. This runs counter to the national Hispanic index that found 57 percent of Hispanics said they expect bad times financially for the next five years. Florida Hispanics by a margin of 59 to 41 percent see business conditions as good for the next year. Overall, 68 percent of Florida Hispanics said they are better off financially than they were one year ago and nearly 4 out of 5 said they will be better off over the next year as well.

The cost of living is having an impact as 70 percent said it has gone up while only 10 percent said it has gone down and 20 percent said it has stayed the same. More than half of Florida Hispanics (57 percent) expect the price of gas to go up, while 13 percent think it will go down. A majority of Florida Hispanics (55 percent) expect interest rates to go up, while 12 percent said they think they will go down. 

More than one-third of Florida Hispanics (34 percent) expect the economy will get better, while 20 percent think it will get worse and 45 percent said it will stay the same. Nearly 6 out of 10 Hispanics think it is a good time for buying a big item for their home. More than half (58 percent) think it is a good time to buy a house, while nearly 65 percent said it was a good time to buy a car.

Debt is a major problem for 23 percent of Florida Hispanics and a minor problem for an additional 50 percent, while 27 percent said debt was not a problem at all.

The survey was conducted Jan. 1-March 31. The random polling sample consisted of 600 Florida Hispanics, 18 years of age and older, with a margin of error of +/- 3.9 percent.

The poll was conducted using an online sample supplied by Survey Sampling International, using online questionnaires.

Responses for the entire sample were weighted to reflect the statewide distribution of the Hispanic Florida population by gender, income and age according to latest American Community Survey data.

For more information, polling results and full cross-tabulations, visit the BEPI website or contact Monica Escaleras, Ph.D. at 561-297-1312 or BEPI@fau.edu

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