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The Impact of Ethnicity on Attitudes Toward Health Care Reform in New Mexico

Methods. Our data are from a state-wide random digit dialing telephone survey of New Mexico residents, age 18 and older, conducted in the Fall of 2007. With an Hispanic population of 44% and on-going health care reform efforts by the state legislature, New Mexico is an ideal location for this analysis. Results. After controlling for a host of individual level factors, our findings suggest that while Latinos are less likely to identify health care as a salient state issue, they are more likely than non-Latino whites to believe affordable health care programs are important, less likely to believe that individuals are responsible for assuring coverage for everyone, and more likely to support extending health coverage to undocumented immigrants.
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