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Selected Results from Puerto Rico Herald Public Opinion Survey Of 900 U.S. Mainland Registered Voters

(By Opinion Dynamics, July 9-12, 2004)

1. How familiar are you with the Island of Puerto Rico?

Very familiar

13%

Somewhat familiar

41%

Not very familiar

28%

Not at all familiar

18%

Not sure

1%

2. As far as you know, do you need a passport to visit Puerto Rico?

Yes

18%

No

65%

Not sure

18%

3. Do Puerto Ricans need visas to come to the U.S.?

Yes

22%

No

49%

Not sure

28%

4. Which of the following do you think best describes the relationship between the U.S. and Puerto Rico?

Puerto Rico is a state

4%

Puerto Rico is an independent nation

8%

Puerto Rico is a territory owned and governed by the US

42%

Puerto Rico has an association with the US that gives its people some self-government, but leaves important decisions to Congress?

29%

Not sure

17%

5. As far as you know, are Puerto Ricans U.S. citizens or not?

They are

41%

They are not

41%

Not sure

19%

6. If a majority of the people of Puerto Rico asked to be admitted to the Union as a state, would you favor or oppose allowing them to become the 51st state?

Favor

68%

Oppose

16%

Not Sure

16%

7. Determining the status of Puerto Rico involves both the people of Puerto Rico and the United states. For a process for the U.S. citizens of the Island to resolve the status question, do you think:

The Federal Government and/or the U.S Congress should provide the people of Puerto Rico with clearly defined options which are valid and acceptable to the united States before the residents if the Island decide their future in an informed process.

45%

The people of Puerto Rico should hold their own internal process without knowing what are the acceptable options to the Federal Government and/or the U.S. Congress and wait for the United States to decide if it accepts the results or rejects the option chosen by voters.

32%

Not sure

23%

8. On another topic, the Puerto Rican government has asked Congress to implement a plan whereby U.S. corporations operating in Puerto Rico would not have to pay Federal Income taxes. They say this would encourage economic development and job growth on the Island. Opponents say this program encourages tax evasion, not economic growth. Would you favor or oppose Congress granting special tax benefits to companies operating in Puerto Rico?

Favor

17%

Oppose

74%

Not sure

9%

9. Puerto Rico currently receives more Federal benefits that 24 of the 50 states, yet its citizens pay no Federal Income Taxes. Knowing this, would you favor or oppose Congress imposing Federal Income Taxes on Puerto Rico?

Favor

67%

Oppose

23%

Not sure

10%

10. Since Puerto Ricans get Federal Aide, they should pay Federal Income Taxes?

Agree

79%

Disagree

15%

Not sure

6%

11. Puerto Ricans canŐt have it both ways; they canŐt have all the benefits of being American citizens without the responsibilities. ItŐs time for them to decide between statehood and independence.

Agree

83%

Disagree

9%

Not sure

8%

12. Making Puerto Rico a state would entitle Puerto Rican citizens to vote and require them to pay Federal Income Taxes. It would add two U.S. Senators and five U.S. Representatives to the Congress as well as a million new American voters. Hearing the facts, do you think it would be a good or bad idea for Puerto Rico to become the 51st state of the U.S.?

Statehood is a good idea

60%

Statehood is a bad idea

17%

Mixed, good for some/bad for others

12%

Not sure

10%

13. If Puerto Rico became a state, do you think Puerto Rican economy would be helped, hurt or unaffected?

Helped

61%

Hurt

6%

Unaffected

15%

Not sure

17%

14. If Puerto Rico became a state, do you think the quality of life for Puerto Ricans living on the Island would:

Improve a lot

25%

Improve a little

42%

Stay the same

14%

Get a little worse

4%

Get a lot worse

2%

Not sure

12%

15. If Puerto Rico became independent, do you think the Puerto Rican economy would be helped, hurt or unaffected?

Helped

20%

Hurt

39%

Unaffected

23%

Not sure

19%

16. If Puerto Rico became independent, do you think the quality of life for Puerto Ricans living on the Island would:

Improve a lot

8%

Improve a little

16%

Stay the same

18%

Get a little worse

31%

Get a lot worse

10%

Not sure

17%

17. Regardless of where you stand on statehood for Puerto Rico, do you think the U.S. Congress should offer Puerto Ricans a chance to vote a clear choice between statehood and independence-the only two long-term solutions?

Yes

75%

No

14%

Not sure

12%

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