This study presents the findings of a survey of Hispanics/Latinos ages 50 and older regarding several key areas of social and community involvement, including:
- Their perceived level of influence in making a difference on problems that exist in their community.
- The number of groups and organizations to which they belong.
- Their level of involvement in civic and community activities.
- The frequency with which they vote in Presidential and local elections.
- Their rate of volunteering—for organizations and/or on their own.
- Their rate of charitable giving.
- Demographic and other factors that influence their level of civic engagement.
Key findings include the following:
- Top predictors of civic engagement among Hispanics/Latinos ages 50 and older are:
- household income;
- perceived levels of influence on community problems when joined with others; and
- whether living in the Northeast census region.
- household income;
- The percentage of 50+ Hispanics/Latinos who feel they have a lot or moderate amount of influence on community problems when they act alone (20%) or when they are joined with others (40%) declined by double digits from 2009 (i.e., 31% and 59%, respectively).
- Memberships with discount stores or clubs (41%) and religious organizations (38%) are of greatest appeal to 50+ Hispanics/Latinos. However, fewer than half hold memberships with these types of organizations.
- Just under half (47%) of 50+ Hispanics/Latinos volunteered in 2015—a decline of 7 percentage points from 2009 (54%).
- Speaking English primarily at home and having a strong connection to the Hispanic/Latino culture are positively associated with one or more forms of civic engagement (e.g., civic and community involvement, charitable giving) among this group.
This national address-based telephone survey of 725 Hispanics/Latinos ages 50 and older was conducted in August 2015 by AARP’s research partner (SSI) as part of AARP’s Attitude, Trend & Opinion Monitor (ATOM). Interviews were 20 minutes in length on average and data were weighted by age, gender and other key characteristics. For more information contact Alicia Williams at ARWilliams@aarp.org.
Williams, Alicia. Connecting, Serving and Giving: Civic Engagement among Mid-Life and Older Hispanic/Latino Adults. Washington, DC: AARP Research, January 2017. https://doi.org/10.26419/res.00146.001