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Poll finds similarities among island and stateside Puerto Rican voters




By The Star Staff


A poll of Puerto Rican voters published by The Hill found similarities in most political opinions among respondents who live in the United States island territory and the millions of Puerto Ricans who reside in the mainland U.S.


The survey conducted by pollster Izq Strategies for La Brega y Fuerza is an attempt to increase the participation of Puerto Ricans living in the mainland U.S.


According to The Hill, 70% of island-based respondents support Green New Deal policies, as do 66% of Puerto Ricans living in the mainland U.S.


Residents of Puerto Rico overwhelmingly support Medicare for all: 81% said they’d like to see the program expanded, and 70% of mainland Puerto Rican respondents agreed.


Puerto Rico residents take a more conservative approach to abortion access, as only 47% said they support abortion access, while 37% said they oppose it.


Puerto Ricans who live in the mainland United States are more liberal on that issue, with 59% supporting abortion access.


A 2007 Pew Research survey found that 77% of respondents on the island opposed abortion rights, as did 50% of Puerto Rican respondents on the mainland.


In the new poll, both on and off the island, majorities support a binding plebiscite to determine the territory’s political status. Among island-based voters, 63% said they support such a plebiscite, as do 56% of voters in the mainland U.S.


The poll had relatively small samples — 675 respondents with a 4 percentage point margin of error in the mainland U.S. and 362 respondents on the island with a 6 percentage point margin of error.

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samsaxx27
Jun 14

Unfortunately this poll does not provide good data due to a very small sample population of respondents.

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