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A new national poll suggests that Hispanics in the U.S. favor Christopher Columbus more than President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
Conducted by WPA Intelligence, a conservative polling firm that collaborated with Visto Media on behalf of Latino advocacy group Bienvenido, the national poll surveyed 1,086 respondents about which high-profile personalities Hispanic communities approved or disapproved of in an era where liberal politicians and activists propagate ongoing efforts to cancel the 15th-century Italian navigator who set out on a historic voyage in 1492.
"When you juxtapose Christopher Columbus' popularity among Hispanics with the misguided efforts to 'cancel' him by progressive activists and politicians, it shows how out of touch the far left is with our community,"
Abraham Enriquez, Bienvenido president, said.
Progressives have been pushing for the cancellation of Christopher Columbus in recent decades, deeming his journey to sail from the Spanish port of Palos de la Frontera on behalf of Queen Isabella I and King Ferdinand II to explore Western civilization as an act of genocide of the Indigenous people.
"The reality is that most Hispanics, especially those who are immigrants, view Columbus quite favorably,"
While educational institutes, liberal politicians, and anti-American extremists push the narrative that the Italian explorer embarked on an expedition to merely rape, pillage, and enslave the West, Hispanic communities refuse to buy the message.
According to the poll the partnering groups ran earlier this month, 53% of Hispanics view Columbus favorably, while 24% view him unfavorably, yielding a net favorability of 29 points. Meanwhile, 49% percent of Hispanics have a positive opinion of Biden, while 42% have a negative view of him, resulting in a net favorability of seven points.
On the other hand, Harris was viewed by Hispanics as the least popular between Biden and Columbus, with a net favorability rating of four points, as 45% of Hispanics say they have a favorable view of her and 41% view her unfavorably.
The poll also suggested that Hispanics' views on Columbus varied by age and whether they were born on U.S. soil or in another country. The survey says the older generations born outside the nation are more likely to view the explorer favorably than those born in the United States.
Among 18-39 years-old Latinos, 45% have a favorable view of Columbus, while 30% view him unfavorably. Among 40-59 year-olds, 54% have a favorable opinion of him and 29% unfavorable. However, among Hispanics 60 and older, 71% view him favorably and just 17% unfavorably, the poll indicates.
"It is not surprising that the same people who think Hispanics like being called 'Latinx' have also assumed Hispanics are offended by Christopher Columbus - and got it completely wrong, again,"
Conor Maguire, Principal and Managing Director of WPA Intelligence, said. "In the future, maybe progressives should just ask Hispanics how they feel about issues?"