A Typical American

Group Percent saying ‘typical American’
All Hispanics 49
Foreign born 37
Second generation 63
Third and higher generation 71
All Asian Americans 39
Foreign born 30
Second generation 61
Third and higher generation 77

Source: Pew Research Center’s 2013 National Survey of Latinos (conducted May 24-July 28, 2013, N=5,103) and Pew Research Center’s 2012 Asian American survey (conducted Jan 3-March 27, 2012; N=3,511)

Hispanics and Asian Americans are divided about the degree to which they feel a common identity with other Americans. Overall, 49% of Hispanics and 39% of Asian Americans say they think of themselves as “a typical American,” while 44% of Hispanics and 53% of Asian Americans say they think of themselves as “very different from a typical American.” These responses vary sharply by immigrant generation. Among foreign-born Hispanics, 37% think of themselves as a typical American; among third and higher generation Hispanics, 71% do. Three-in-ten foreign born Asians say they think of themselves as a typical American, while 77% of third and higher generation Asians do.