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NBC Latino/IBOPE Zogby survey: Majority of Latinos in favor of gay marriage

This is the third of four stories on Hispanic attitudes as captured by a survey of 400 U.S. Latinos. 

With President Obama’s announcement earlier this year that he personally was in favor of gay marriage, many said it was yet another example of changing attitudes among Americans. A new NBC Latino/IBOPE Zogby survey says 6 out of 10 Latinos in the sample agree that same-sex couples have the right to marry.

Thirty eight percent said they disagree and 31 percent said they did so strongly.

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The statistics don’t mean there is complete acceptance of gays by Latinos, however. When it came to the biggest disappointment a parent would feel regarding their children, 43 percent said it would be if their child became a drug addict. Going to prison was the biggest disappointment for 33 percent of those surveyed. But 10 percent said having a gay child would be their biggest issue, while only 5 percent said a teen pregnancy would be their greatest disappointment.

In terms of parenting and family questions, the NBC Latino survey also looked at attitudes towards disciplining children by spanking them.

Most Latino parents (58 percent) say they do not spank their children, but more than a third (38 percent) say they do. The number of those who say they frequently spank their children (4 percent) is far less than those who do so occasionally (15 percent) or once or twice (18 percent).

Previous stories looked at Latino identity with the majority of Hispanics saying they are American first and also attitudes concerning immigration and when the U.S. might see its first Latino president.

Participants were surveyed between August 31 and September 4 and the results have a -/+4.8 percentage point of error.