64 Percent Of Americans Disapprove Of D.C. Statehood, Poll Finds

July 15, 2019

By Scott Gelman

Most Americans don’t think the District should become its own state. 

About 64 percent of Americans believe D.C. should remain its own entity rather become a state, according to a Gallup poll, which is consistent with previous polls. 

The poll came before congressional hearings held to discuss whether D.C. should become a state. 

The constitution doesn’t provide D.C. with electoral votes in presidential elections, and Congress has the right to block policies Mayor Muriel Bowser or the D.C. city council approve. 

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton proposed a bill to make D.C. a state. A House committee is scheduled to review it later in the year. 

In a statement, Norton said the poll didn’t enable participants to select “I don’t know,” so they had to pick a side. 

The poll found there aren’t any major subgroups that favor making D.C. a state. 

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