Roshni Nedungadi & Cornell Belcher
brilliant corners Research & Strategies
When asked what concerns them most – between the possibility of continued acts of terror by Islamic extremists on American soil or the possibility of increased discrimination and acts of violence toward Hispanics and other minorities due to heightened anti-immigrant and anti-Mexican rhetoric – a national sample of Hispanics are remarkably almost just as fearful of the increasing hateful rhetoric emerging from politics as they are about terrorism. 
Hispanics with lower household incomes, lower education attainment, younger Hispanics and those who are unmarried tend to feel more threatened by the current vitriol of anti-immigrant political rhetoric than older Hispanics, college educated Hispanics and those with higher household incomes.
While the underlying causes may be numerous, from this survey there is a divide that could define economic insecurity coupled with anti-immigrant rhetoric as a recipe for making Hispanic-Americans uncomfortable in their own country. In the graph above, we can see an illustrated version of that divide – with a plurality of those making under $40,000 fearing anti-immigrant rhetoric more than terrorism, while a plurality of those making over $40,000 a year are more fearful of terrorism; similar divides exist between marital status, age, and educational attainment.
 Nationwide survey conducted December 20, 2015 to January 12, 2016 of 446 Hispanics. The margin of error for this poll is +/- 4.6 percent.