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Most Voters Say Trump Does Not Care About Problems Facing Puerto Rico
10/12/2017 3:54 PM

A majority of voters think President Donald Trump does not care about the problems facing Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, according to the results of a new Quinnipiac University national poll.

Fifty-two percent of voters said Trump does not care about the problems facing Puerto Rico, including 72 percent of Hispanic voters. Forty-three percent said they do think Trump cares.

The poll also found that voters say 55 percent to 36 percent that Trump and his administration have not done enough to help Puerto Rico following the storm.

On the other hand, voters say 57 percent to 27 percent that Trump and his administration have done enough to help Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Voters also say 57 percent to 26 percent that the president and his administration have done enough to help Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

The survey was conducted before Trump's recent tweets indicating that federal aid for Puerto Rico cannot go on forever.

Trump made a series of posts to Twitter about Puerto Rico on Thursday and seemed to hint at pulling out emergency responders.

"We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!" Trump tweeted.

The tweet from Trump came even though the Puerto Rican government says most of the island remains without power and only 55 percent of residents have telecommunications service.

Responding to the tweet, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., accused Trump of treating Puerto Ricans differently than other Americans when it comes to natural disasters.

"FEMA needs to stay until the job is done and right now, it's not even close to done," Schumer tweeted. "There is still devastation, Americans are still dying. FEMA needs to stay until the job is done."

The Quinnipiac survey of 1,482 voters was conducted October 5th through 10th and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

(Photo: Gage Skidmore)



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