State of Anticipation

The Caribbean island agonizes over whether to seek admission to the Union

And the 51st state of the union will be . . . Puerto Rico? To most Americans, the idea seems highly implausible. In a new TIME/CNN poll, only 48% of those surveyed are aware that the island enjoys an unusual arrangement with the U.S. called commonwealth. Meanwhile just 21% of mainlanders say Puerto Rico should become a state, 24% think it should become a separate country, and 32% prefer the status quo. The social and economic statistics are daunting too. Absorbing the impoverished island 1,000 miles southeast of Miami and its 3.7 million people -- only half of whom speak English...

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