Aug 12, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Latino/Hispanic/Latinx: There's no preference

Which term do you prefer?
Data: Gallup; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Hispanic or Latino: For most, it makes no difference which term is used to refer to them, according to a Gallup poll.

By the numbers: If they had to choose, 57% of those polled say they prefer the term Hispanic, while only 5% prefer the term Latinx.

  • Latinx, meant to be a gender-neutral and inclusive alternative, is generally used just by younger people in the U.S., per another poll conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center.

The big picture: In Latin America and the Caribbean, however, the panethnic and gender-inclusive term of choice is Latine, since the X is almost impossible to pronounce in Spanish.

  • The e suffix has been gaining ground for gender-neutral nouns instead, with many using elle (pronounced EHY’-yeh) as the Spanish version for they/them pronouns.
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