Political party strength in Puerto Rico facts for kids
- the Popular Democratic Party which is currently in power and holds about 47% of the popular vote while advocating for maintaining the current political status of Puerto Rico as that of an unincorporated territory of the United States with self-government, and
- the New Progressive Party which holds about 47% of the popular vote while advocating for Puerto Rico to become a state of the United States.
Other parties also hold a minority of the popular vote, namely:
- the Puerto Rican Independence Party which holds about 2.5% of the popular vote while advocating for the independence of Puerto Rico,
- the Working People's Party of Puerto Rico which holds about 1% of the popular vote while advocating for the working class,
- the Movimiento Unión Soberanista which holds about 0.5% of the popular vote while advocating for the sovereignty of Puerto Rico, and
- the Puerto Ricans for Puerto Rico Party which holds about 0.3% of the popular vote while advocating for green politics.
At the national level residents of Puerto Rico also have local chapters affiliated with the different political parties in the United States, being the Democratic Party and the Republican Party the local affiliations with significant representation in the island.
The table also indicates the historical party composition in the territorial or Commonwealth:
- House of Representatives
- Territory delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives
The Puerto Rican parties are as follows: Alianza Puertorriqueña (AP), (C), Christian Action (CA), Estadista (E), Estadista Puertorriqueño (EP), Republican-Socialist Coalition (ER), Estadista Republicano (PIP), Puerto Rican Independence (L), Liberal Party (NP), Partido Histórico (PH), Nonpartisan (PNP), New Progressive (PPD), Popular Democratic (RP), Republicano Puertorriqueño (S), Socialist (SC), Socialista-Constitucional (U), Puerto Rican Socialist Party (PSP), Puerto Rican Union Party (PUP) and Union of Puerto Rico (URP). Elected officials' United States party affiliations are as follows: Unión Republicana-ProgresistaDemocratic (D) and Republican (R).
For a particular year, the noted partisan composition is that which either took office during that year or which maintained the office throughout the entire year. Only changes made outside of regularly scheduled elections are noted as affecting the partisan composition during a particular year. Shading is determined by the final result of any mid-cycle changes in partisan affiliation.
|Year||Executive office||Legislative Assembly||U.S. House|
|1901||appointed under United States colonial administration||unknown||Federico Degetau (RP/R)|
|1905||U majority||Tulio Larrínaga (U)|
|1911||Luis Muñoz Rivera (U)|
|1917||13U, 5RP, 1S||unknown||Felix Cordova Davila (U)|
|1921||15U, 3RP, 1S|
|1929||11AP, 7SC, 1PH|
|José Lorenzo Pesquera (NP)|
|1933||14C, 5L||C majority||Santiago Iglesias (C/R)|
|1939||Bolívar Pagán (C/R)|
|Executive office||Legislative Assembly|
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