Fox News Poll: Support for Puerto Rican statehood increases in wake of Maria

Fox News | 10/3/2017 | Staff
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By a narrow margin, more voters think Puerto Rico should become a state than think it should stay a territory.

According to the latest Fox News Poll, 41 percent say Puerto Rico should become the 51st star on the flag. That’s an 11-point increase since the last time the question was asked in June 2007, when 30 percent opted for statehood.

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Some 37 percent think the island should continue as a territory, down 9 points from June 2007 (46 percent). Nine percent think Puerto Rico should declare independence.

READ THE FULL POLL RESULTS.

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Puerto Rico has been a U.S. territory for nearly 120 years. Residents of the island are officially U.S. citizens, but cannot vote for president and do not pay federal income taxes. Recent elections on the island have resulted in wins for pro-statehood advocates, but have been boycotted by those who prefer the status quo.

The poll shows support for statehood is 16 points higher among Democrats (48 percent) than Republicans (32 percent). Hispanics prefer statehood over the current territorial status by 48...
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