June 1st, 2008
01:44 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: Statehood question divides Puerto Rican voters

Puerto Rican Dems are divided over statehood.
Puerto Rican Dems are divided over statehood.

(CNN) - An issue unique to Puerto Rico appears to be dividing supporters of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama: whether the current U.S. territory should become a state or not.

Neither candidate has taken a direct position on the issue, though Puerto Rico's former governor, who has advocated statehood, supports Clinton.

According to CNN's exclusive exit polls, Clinton supporters there heavily back statehood for the commonwealth, while Obama's do not. Among Clinton supporters, 72 percent want it to be a U.S. state, 23 percent want it to remain a commonwealth, and 2 percent want it to be an independent country.

But among Obama supporters, 57 percent want Puerto Rico to stay a commonwealth while only 34 percent want it to be a U.S. state. Eight percent want it to be an independent country.


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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. seah

    Puerto Rico is insignificant to Obama, since it has less votes and delegates.

    He only made a prescence to insure Hillary did not get all votes.

    June 1, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. Tex

    This issue is of no importance. The voters of Puerto Rico will not even vote in November. This has been an issue for over fifty years and i doubt it will be decided anytime soon.

    June 1, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. MP-Pennsylvania

    By the way where was Hillary when Bill was the president for 8 years and why PR was not given statehood then?????

    June 1, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. Kim

    Let them be an independant country, ruled by Queen Hillary.

    June 1, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Milton Curcio

    Hi ! This poll need to take in consideration the people who stay home because will be improper for them to influence in the politics of other nation. That 72% for statehood in Hilaries voters respond to a PNP (pro statehood party) and some PPD (commonwelth party). In the 57% most of the Obamas supporters are PPD and some other are PNP. Within the Commonwealth party exist a more liberal sector that will be staying home because that will a "anexation action".

    June 1, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. Bill PA

    Puerto Rico has wonderful people. The main land USA should be so lucky. Hillary ..........................08...................................................

    June 1, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. KATHRYN

    PLEASE TELL ME THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CITIZENS RIGHT AND COMMONWEALTH RIGHTS.
    DO THEY GET WELFARE, SOCIA L SECURITY MEDICARE, FOOD STAMPS, SECTION 8 OR ANYTHING ELSE. THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR ME TO KNOW.

    June 1, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. randy

    Making it a state is even better for them because it is almost as the same. How can you vote in the primary election but you can't vote in the general election.

    June 1, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. rexx

    Puerto Rico deserves to be a state. As a conservative Republican I understand it may very well add 2 US Senators who will be Democrats but regardless of ANY political asides such as that they deserve statehood. It is the right thing to do if the people of PR want it.

    June 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. About Time

    They will remain a commonwealth. HillBill makes empty promises to to every single issue known to mankind to pursue her own agenda. GIVE ME A BREAK! She's nothing more than another George Bush in a female pantsuit.

    June 1, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. Ty

    I think they are fine how they are we haven't heard anything from them before. Ever since Clinton went there she's making false promises to gather up votes even though she wont be the nominee. Whatever is convienent for Clinton she will say.

    June 1, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. Kelly, PA

    Do we have a say in this decision as tax payers or does Hillary plan to govern this country with the George Bush philosophy, "I'll do whatever I want to-I'm the President!" Incredible she would make a promise like this and the media didn't really call her on it. Very interesting.

    June 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. RJ, CA

    ARE YOU LISTENING, SUPERDELEGATES?

    "It was a clean sweep for Hillary Clinton in Puerto Rico in every demographic group, even those groups that are usually firmly in Barack Obama's camp."

    ARE YOU LISTENING, SUPERDELEGATES?

    June 1, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. A bitter mid westerner who loves guns and God

    A great victory for USA and a great win for Hillary

    There is no doubt in my mind that Hillary should be the candidate this fall,

    Obomus is a loser., Hillary is a winner.

    Let's go with a winner

    June 1, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Brian Kridler

    full fabric of American democracy.

    June 1, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. Peachy Keen

    You must be kidding! Make this horrid place a state?! Why? We don't need millions more people on the welfare roles. Pleeaaaase, keep it like it is, or better yet, sell it! Any bidders out there?

    June 1, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    I don't blame Puerto Ricans, for not turning out. What advantage is in it for them? They can't vote in the general election. NOW WHAT?

    Used as pawns for Billary? Maybe they should change their Governor!

    June 1, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. Enlightened Voter

    What happened to the gas tax holiday?

    June 1, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. pam Eugene OR

    OMG
    There are 8 stories about PR on the ticker! Who cares? It is over for Clinton.
    Obama 08

    June 1, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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