© 2024 Connecticut Public

FCC Public Inspection Files:
Public Files Contact · ATSC 3.0 FAQ
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Puerto Rico's Political Status


In the November elections, most results were pretty clear cut. But one that seems to have raised more questions than answers was a plebiscite on Puerto Rico’s political status.

The island nation, now a US commonwealth, seems to have voted to become the 51st state...something President Obama has said he’d support, if it is the will of the Puerto Rican people. Having heard President Obama talk about his support for “self-determination” of the people of Puerto Rico, it would seem this vote has some chance of changing the island’s status. But the next day, the administration was calling the referendum “less than clear.”

The methodology of the referendum has been called into question - and what exactly would the next step be? Then there’s the practical questions: Would statehood even be good for Puerto Rico? What would a change in status mean to the millions who live in the US - including many thousands here in Connecticut?

Today, where we live, a look at the possibility of Puerto Rican statehood...of independence...and what it means to be an American citizen who doesn’t have full voting rights.

Stand up for civility

This news story is funded in large part by Connecticut Public’s Members — listeners, viewers, and readers like you who value fact-based journalism and trustworthy information.

We hope their support inspires you to donate so that we can continue telling stories that inform, educate, and inspire you and your neighbors. As a community-supported public media service, Connecticut Public has relied on donor support for more than 50 years.

Your donation today will allow us to continue this work on your behalf. Give today at any amount and join the 50,000 members who are building a better—and more civil—Connecticut to live, work, and play.