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Americans More Receptive to Puerto Rico as a State Than D.C.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

In the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is pushing even harder for statehood, and more Americans than ever support welcoming the commonwealth as the 51st state. They’re far less likely to support statehood for our nation’s capital, though.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 47% of American Adults now think the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico should become a state, up from 40% in March and 33% in July 2015, just after the news broke of the U.S. territory’s debt crisis. Thirty-four percent (34%) disagree and say Puerto Rico should not be a state, but 19% are not sure. Puerto Ricans have been U.S. citizens since 1917. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on January 18 & 21, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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