(Poll) Nearly 50% Of Americans Don't Realize That Puerto Ricans Are U.S. Citizens

Nearly 50% of all Americans do not realize that the people of Puerto Rico are American citizens according to the New York Times. (Photo Credit: Public Domain)

Nearly 50% of all Americans do not realize that the people of Puerto Rico are American citizens according to the New York Times.

A new poll of 2,200 adults by Morning Consult found that only 54 percent of Americans know that people born in Puerto Rico, a commonwealth of the United States, are U.S. citizens. (Because Puerto Rico is not a state, they do not vote in presidential elections, but they send one nonvoting representative to Congress.)

This finding varied significantly by age and education. Only 37 percent of people ages 18 to 29 know people born in Puerto Rico are citizens, compared with 64 percent of those 65 or older.

Similarly, 47 percent of Americans without a college degree know Puerto Ricans are Americans, compared with 72 percent of those with a bachelor’s degree and 66 percent of those with a postgraduate education.

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