Poll: Island-Wide Support For Statehood Plummeting After 'Tonight Show' Puerto Rico Special
The Pew Research Center released the results of poll Tuesday finding island-wide support for Puerto Rican statehood has plummeted following the airing of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Desde Puerto Rico.”
“I know it's important for us to be represented in Congress, but after watching that man cackle like that, I think we might have some serious cultural differences,” said Viviana Aponte, a media studies professor at Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, echoing the sentiments of roughly 83% of Puerto Ricans who admitted to having misgivings about becoming the 51st state.
“If this is what people living stateside consider entertainment, then maybe it’s best that we just become an independent country. I mean, I guess it was fun when Ozuna and Bad Bunny came out to perform, but I don’t understand why they couldn’t just host the show themselves?”
“Support for Puerto Rican independence and even for remaining a U.S. territory has risen steadily in the months following the late-night episode,” said political scientist and poll conductor Daniel McCullion. “This represents a major change of heart compared to the surveys we’ve released in the past few years.”
“We haven’t seen this kind of anti-American sentiment since Lin Manuel Miranda brought ‘Hamilton’ to the island.”