Puerto Ricans Are US Citizens, But Many Americans Didn't Know That
Results from a new poll suggest less than half of Americans paid attention in history class.By Michael McCarthy | May 20, 2016
Residents of Puerto Rico have been granted American citizenship by birth since 1917. But a recent poll shows only 43 percent of Americans know Puerto Ricans are actually U.S. citizens.
Another 41 percent believe Puerto Ricans are only citizens of Puerto Rico, but that's not true because Puerto Rico isn't an independent country. And 15 percent of those surveyed say they weren't sure.
To be fair, asking whether residents of Puerto Rico are Puerto Rican or American can be kind of confusing.