For Immediate Release
United States Public Opinion Poll
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Mario Canseco, Vice President, Angus Reid Public Opinion, 877-730-3570,email@example.com
Future of Puerto Rico DividesOpinions in the United States
A third of respondents want the island to remain a U.S. territory, but one-in- five Americans would like to see it become the 51st state.
Feb. 9, 2012] - American adultsare divided on the best course of action for theCommonwealth of Puerto Rico, a new Angus ReidPublic Opinion poll has found.In the online survey of a representative nationalsample of 1,008 American adults, one third ofrespondents think Puerto Rico should remain aU.S. territory. One-in-five respondents (21%)would like to see the archipelago become the 51ststate, and a similar proportion (23%) believesPuerto Rico should become an independentnation.Puerto Rico has been a commonwealthassociated with the United States since 1898,after the Spanish-American War. Since 1917,Puerto Ricans have been U.S. Citizens, but arenot allowed to vote in presidential elections.Puerto Rican voters have rejected statehood andindependence in two non-binding referendums held in 1993 and 1998.Hispanic respondents are slightly more likely than non-Hispanics (35% to 31%) to support the status quoin Puerto Rico. The idea of Puerto Rico remaining a U.S. territory is the top choice for respondents of allpolitical stripes. However, a quarter of Republicans and Independents approve of the idea of anindependent Puerto Rico, while the same proportion of Democrats would like to see the archipelagobecome an American state.
32% want Puerto Rico to remain a U.S.territory; 23% would like to see PuertoRico as an independent nation; 21%want Puerto Rico to become the 51ststate
Full topline results are at the end of this release.
From January 27 to January 28, 2012, Angus Reid Public Opinion conducted an online survey among 1,008 American adults who are Springboard America panelists. The margin of error
which measures sampling variability
is +/- 3.1%. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of the United States. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.