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Two in three Americans support statehood for the US territory of Puerto Rico, a Gallup Poll released Thursday found, a figure that’s largely consistent with where public support for reclassifying the island has been for decades.

The poll found 66% of Americans support statehood for the island with notably high backing from Democrats (83%) and younger voters between 18 and 29 (80%). American support for Puerto Rico statehood has remained between 59% to 65% since 1962, according to Gallup.

But even with consistent support from a majority of the American public, Puerto Rico statehood remains an elusive challenge. Legislation declaring Puerto Rico a US state would have to navigate Congress and a Republican Party that holds less support for granting the island statehood.

Thursday’s poll found a majority of Republicans — 48% — oppose statehood for Puerto Rico while 45% support it. Read more

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Two in three Americans support statehood for the US territory of Puerto Rico, a Gallup Poll released Thursday found, a figure that’s largely consistent with where public support for reclassifying the island has been for decades.

The poll found 66% of Americans support statehood for the island with notably high backing from Democrats (83%) and younger voters between 18 and 29 (80%). American support for Puerto Rico statehood has remained between 59% to 65% since 1962, according to Gallup.

Two in three Americans support statehood for the US territory of Puerto Rico, a Gallup Poll released Thursday found, a figure that’s largely consistent with where public support for reclassifying the island has been for decades.

The poll found 66% of Americans support statehood for the island with notably high backing from Democrats (83%) and younger voters between 18 and 29 (80%). American support for Puerto Rico statehood has remained between 59% to 65% since 1962, according to Gallup.

Two in three Americans support statehood for the US territory of Puerto Rico, a Gallup Poll released Thursday found, a figure that’s largely consistent with where public support for reclassifying the island has been for decades.

The poll found 66% of Americans support statehood for the island with notably high backing from Democrats (83%) and younger voters between 18 and 29 (80%). American support for Puerto Rico statehood has remained between 59% to 65% since 1962, according to Gallup.