Exclusive Public Opinion Survey
It’s the economy, “┐est˙pido”?

November 2, 2008
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San Juan, PR (11/2/2008)
"It’s the economy, stupid," was a phrase in American politics widely used during the 1992 presidential campaign. Apparently it has been adopted by the residents of Puerto Rico. The economy seems to have become the major concern for Puerto Ricans for the current year. An October 2008 telephone poll of residents of the island showed that 61% of respondents, 6 out of every ten consider the economy the biggest problem facing Puerto Rico today.  Crime and Drugs was ranked the second issue in importance, picked by 16% of those polled.
When asked to rate the present general business conditions in their area a whooping 66% rated them as bad, 28% as normal with only 4% rating them as good.
The so called “brain drain” continues to be a problem.  When asked if they had ever considered moving to the U.S. mainland 44% answered in the affirmative, continuing a trend of talented and well educated Puerto Ricans leaving in the island in search of better living conditions. 
In terms of status respondents are clearly looking for maintaining close ties with the United States. According to the poll, 79% of those interviewed answered that if given a choice between statehood and independence they would vote for statehood. If the U.S. Congress were to offer statehood to the people of Puerto Rico, 76% would vote to accept statehood.
When asked about the importance of issues related  to status, U.S. citizenship was ranked by 89% of respondents as very important, 88% consider both English and Spanish as official languages very important and a vote for U.S. President was ranked as very important by 77% of those interviewed.
The preferences of voters for the upcoming elections show that the next four years may very well be Puerto Rico’s best chance of moving the issue of self determination in Washington. In the race for Governor 49% will vote for Resident Commissioner Luis Fortu˝o (New Progressive Party or PNP for its Spanish acronym), while 34% will vote for Governor Anibal Acevedo Vila (Popular Democratic Party or PPD for its Spanish acronym), 9% for newcomer Rogelio Figueroa (Puerto Ricans for Puerto Rico Party or PPR for its Spanish acronym), 3% for Economist Edwin Irizarry Mora (Puerto Rican Independence Party or PIP) and 1% will write in the name of Arecibo Senator Pedro Rossello, while  4% remain undecided.
See what Puerto Rico resident have to say about the economy, healthcare, taxes and other issues.
View the entire poll here.
(The telephone survey, the latest Puerto Rico Herald poll to be done on economic, social, status and current issues, involved 1,000 residents throughout the island and has a margin of error of +/- 3%.)


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