Slightly more voters say they support than oppose statehood for Washington, D.C., a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Thirty-six percent of registered voters in the March 24-26 survey back Washington gaining statehood, while 32 percent oppose it and another 32 percent said they neither support or oppose statehood for the nation’s capital. 

Fifty-one percent of Democrats said they support D.C. Statehood, while 30 percent neither support or oppose and 19 percent oppose.

Forty-seven percent of Republicans said they oppose statehood for the District, and a plurality of independents, 37 percent, said they neither support or oppose.

A slight plurality of voters also said they support statehood for Puerto Rico, at 36 percent. 

More voters said they neither support or oppose statehood for other U.S. territories such as Guam, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Last week, the House Oversight and Reform Committee held a hearing on H.R. 51, a measure led by D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) that would grant Washington and its residents statehood.

The committee is expected to vote on the bill on April 14. 

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 1,882 registered voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.26 percentage points. 

Gabriela Schulte

Featured clips