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EFE NEWS SERVICE
Poll: Drugs, Crime And Corruption Are Puerto Ricans'
March 7, 2000
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Source: World Reporter (TM)
San Juan, Mar 7 (EFE).- Drugs, crime and corruption are the
three major concerns of Puerto Ricans , who describe the country's
situation as generally "very bad," according to a poll
released Tuesday in the capital.
The poll, taken by El Nuevo Dia on Feb. 27 and conducted throughout
the island, with the exception of the municipalities of Vieques
and Culebra, was based on a sample of 1,000 adults, who indicated
that Aids and unemployment were also important concerns.
The results suggested that Puerto Ricans also support protests
taking place at a restricted area on the island of Vieques and
show little interest in indefinitely continuing U.S. Navy exercises
Ninety-two percent of those polled consider drugs to be Puerto
Rico's principal problem, while 91 percent are worried about crime
and safety, although the issue of corruption rose the most, rising
to 72 percent from 60 percent in a May 1999 poll.