FAU NATIONAL POLL: Hispanics Cautious Over Holiday Spending

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Source: Florida Atlantic University) — Hispanics are more cautious about their holiday spending this year with 1 in 5 saying they will not be shopping at all, according to a national survey by the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative (FAU BEPI).

The number of respondents who said they would not shop in 2016 has increased by 10 points since the 2015 survey, from 11 percent to 21 percent. Others plan to delay holiday shopping. Earlier shopping has declined, with 18 percent of Hispanics saying they already started to shop, compared with 20 percent in 2015 and 24 percent in 2014.  Hispanics will rely more on debt this year, with 29 percent using credit cards to pay for their purchases compared to 25 percent in 2015.

“Hispanics became less optimistic about prospects for the economy compared to September,” said Monica Escaleras, Ph.D., director of the BEPI. “This may simply be a temporary reaction due to the uncertainty caused by the presidential election or part of a continued downward trend in consumer confidence among Hispanics.”

More than 33 percent of those 35 to 54 years old and 18 percent of those over 55 are not planning to shop this holiday season. Younger Hispanics appear to be less cautious, however. As a group, 18 to 34 year olds said they are more likely to shop this holiday season, with only 10.8 percent saying they are not planning on shopping.

Black Friday shopping looks to remain the same as 2015 with 59 percent of Hispanics saying they are somewhat to very likely to shop the Friday after Thanksgiving this year. Hispanics are less likely to shop on Cyber Monday, the day after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend known for online sales (46 percent this year compared to 57 percent in 2015).

The Hispanic Consumer Sentiment Index dropped in October to 100.8, down slightly from 102.6 in September. When respondents were asked if they think it is a good time to buy big ticket items such as refrigerators, automobiles, etc., 62 percent said yes, marking the third straight month this component of the index has seen a drop (74 percent in August and 68 percent in September).

The survey was conducted nationally from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31. The polling sample consisted of 500 Hispanics with a margin of error of +/- 4.33 percent and a 95 percent confidence level.

----------------------------------------LYFT PROMO CODE--------------------------------------
Use our Lyft promo code BNN123 for substantial discounts for your first Lyft rides. Enter the code in your app, or just click here.

---------------------------ABOUT BOCANEWSNOW.COM-----------------------

BocaNewsNow.com is the leading hyper-local news website based in and serving Boca Raton, Florida and South Palm Beach County. Our pages have been visited millions of times since our first post on October 4th, 2011. We have a verified history of reporting news, providing opinion and snark.

BocaNewsNow.com is NOT a mugshot website. We have never charged and DO NOT charge for mugshot removal. We are a news organization registered with the State of Florida and exempt from Senate Bill 118. We publish arrests of note provided to us by law enforcement under Chapter 119 of Florida Statutes. While we review all requests for removal, we are not obligated to remove reports that are a part of the public record.

When removal is appropriate, we do so at no charge. We do not accept payment for mugshot or arrest report deletion.

We are cognizant of the impact an arrest may have on one's life. If you are exonerated or if charges are dropped, please contact us to request an appropriate update to or removal of a specific story. We remind our readers that an arrest is an accusation. Guilt or innocence is determined in a court of law. Email us at news (at) bocanewsnow.com or telephone 561-419-9520.

All Content Copyright © 2017 MetroDesk Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved.