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Portuguese-Americans Don't Want To Be Declared Hispanics

A woman pulls aside a Portuguese flag placed on her news stand in Lisbon, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. Portugal is one of the poor
A woman pulls aside a Portuguese flag placed on her news stand in Lisbon, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. Portugal is one of the poor European Union countries hoping to get more development aid in the bloc’s next budget, which EU leaders were due to discuss at a summit in Brussels on Thursday. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

A survey by a Portuguese-American group has so far seen 90 percent of its almost five thousand respondents oppose moves to have people of Portuguese descent declared Hispanic.

The survey was set up by Palcus, which was created in 1991 by a select group of Portuguese-American professionals who recognised the need to address issues of importance to the Portuguese-American community of the United States.

The questionnaire of Portuguese-Americans resulted after it emerged the US Census Bureau is planning to add Portuguese to the Hispanic designation of ethnicity for the 2020 National Census.

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