Dillon Burroughs, Daily Wire, January 26, 2022
A new survey of registered American voters has revealed just 3% prefer the gender-neutral term Latinx to refer to Hispanic voters, revealing white liberals are far more likely to use the term than Hispanics.
The new Echelon Insights poll shared with The Daily Wire, conducted January 21-23, included 1,029 registered voters who were asked, “When it comes to describing people who are of Spanish-speaking heritage of some kind, which of the following terms do you think is most appropriate to use?”
The most popular response was “Hispanic,” selected by 42% of respondents, including 55% of Hispanic respondents. “By their own nationality” ranked second with 26%, followed by “Latino or Latina” selected by 15%.
The use of the term Latinx has been popularized by those who seek to introduce gender-neutral nouns and pronouns into various languages that have traditionally included male and female constructions. The term has been used in the U.S. for at least a decade, added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary in 2018.
The Latinx term is not commonly used among the vast majority of Spanish-speaking people. The new survey shows that among American voters, and especially among American voters of Hispanic descent, the term is not a preferred label. According to Echelon Insights, not a single Hispanic respondent identified with Latinx.
Among ethnic groups in the U.S., white voters were the most likely group to prefer the gender-neutral term, though Latinx was still only preferred by 4% of the group.
A similar study by Pew Research in 2020 found that about one in four U.S. Hispanics had heard of the term Latinx, but only 3% use it.