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For Immediate Release United States Public Opinion Poll

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LATIN AMERICA

Future of Puerto Rico Divides Opinions in the United States


A third of respondents want the island to remain a U.S. territory, but one-infive Americans would like to see it become the 51st state.
[NEW YORK Feb. 9, 2012] - American adults are divided on the best course of action for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found. In the online survey of a representative national sample of 1,008 American adults, one third of respondents think Puerto Rico should remain a U.S. territory. One-in-five respondents (21%) would like to see the archipelago become the 51st state, and a similar proportion (23%) believes Puerto Rico should become an independent nation.

KEY FINDINGS
32% want Puerto Rico to remain a U.S. territory; 23% would like to see Puerto Rico as an independent nation; 21% want Puerto Rico to become the 51st state
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 errorwhich measures sampling variabilityis +/- 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.

Puerto Rico has been a commonwealth associated with the United States since 1898, after the Spanish-American War. Since 1917, Puerto Ricans have been U.S. Citizens, but are not allowed to vote in presidential elections. Puerto Rican voters have rejected statehood and independence 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 quo in Puerto Rico. The idea of Puerto Rico remaining a U.S. territory is the top choice for respondents of all political stripes. However, a quarter of Republicans and Independents approve of the idea of an independent Puerto Rico, while the same proportion of Democrats would like to see the archipelago become an American state.

CONTACT: Mario Canseco, Vice President, Angus Reid Public Opinion, 877-730-3570, mario.canseco@angus-reid.com

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Men (35%) are more likely than women (28%) to support the continuation of Puerto Rico as a U.S. territory, while respondents aged 18-to-34 (25%) are more supportive of Puerto Rico becoming independent than older Americans.

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CONTACT: Mario Canseco, Vice President, Angus Reid Public Opinion, 877-730-3570, mario.canseco@angus-reid.com

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Latin America Thinking specifically about Puerto Rico, which one of these policies do you prefer?
Political ID Democrat 32% 18% 26% 24% Republican 34% 26% 19% 21% Independent 29% 26% 20% 25% Ethnicity Hispanic 35% 22% 31% 12% Not Hispanic 31% 23% 20% 26%

United States Puerto Rico remaining a U.S. territory Puerto Rico becoming an independent nation Puerto Rico becoming the 51st state Not sure 32% 23% 21% 24%

Latin America Thinking specifically about Puerto Rico, which one of these policies do you prefer?
Age 18-34 33% 25% 21% 21% 35-54 31% 22% 20% 27% 55+ 30% 21% 23% 25% Male 35% 22% 25% 18% Gender Female 28% 24% 18% 30%

United States Puerto Rico remaining a U.S. territory Puerto Rico becoming an independent nation Puerto Rico becoming the 51st state Not sure 32% 23% 21% 24%

CONTACT: Mario Canseco, Vice President, Angus Reid Public Opinion, 877-730-3570, mario.canseco@angus-reid.com