Views and Experiences of Puerto Ricans One Year After Hurricane Maria

This partnership survey from The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation explores how Puerto Ricans are faring one year after Hurricane Maria struck the U.S. territory. This face-to-face survey of those living in Puerto Rico examines the impact the hurricane had on their lives, including their housing situation, financial status, and mental and physical health. It also covers issues of access to water and electricity and Puerto Ricans’ views of the government’s response to the storm and its recovery. Looking ahead, it provides insight into Puerto Rican residents’ priorities for rebuilding, their perceptions about the relationship between Puerto Rico and the mainland United States, and their concerns about future storms. This is the first, and only, comprehensive, island-wide representative survey to assess a broad array of impacts from Hurricane Maria and hear directly from the people of Puerto Rico about what they experienced and what the ongoing needs are.

This survey is the 33rd in a series of surveys dating back to 1995 that have been conducted as a part of The Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation Survey Project.

Read The Washington Post’s reporting on Puerto Rico after Maria:

Residents See a Failure at all Levels of Government

A Year of Disruption

A year after Maria, Puerto Rico’s economy remains feeble

‘Water is Everything’

‘We got more craters here than the moon’: Puerto Ricans see pocked roads as top problem after Maria

(Video) Puerto Ricans agree: Trump’s response to Maria was a failure

Why and how we surveyed Puerto Rican residents


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