In the aftermath of Mary, a series of surveys were conducted to assess how well the Americans were paying attention to the destruction and rebuilding efforts. After the storm in late September, a study by non-gold standard pollster YouGov found that only 27% closely followed news of the impact of Hurricane Maria. To illustrate, the same survey found that 43% and 39%, respectively, of Americans were following closely the news of the less lethal Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey, respectively.
Both Harvey and Irma hit harder in the continental US.
In November 2017, only 22 percent of Americans told the Kaiser Family Foundation Gold Standard pollsters that they "were following closely the news of Puerto Rico's post-Hurricane reconstruction and reconstruction efforts." That was not much more than the 1
5% of Americans who said they were "not at all" persecuted.
The lack of attention for Mary is unusual for a major hurricane (category 3 or higher at its peak) that harmed the Americans. Take a look at these surveys or the average of polls made by the Kaiser Family Foundation or the Pew Research Center after the previous major hurricanes. In any case, more Americans have been paying close attention to her than to news of Maria.
(1989): 60% were very attentive.
- Andrew (1992): 66% were very attentive.
(1998): 43% were very attentive
(1998): 36% were very attentive
(1999): 45% were very attentive.
- Isabel (2003): 47% were very attentive.
(2005): 70% were very attentive
(2005): 34% were very attentive.
- Gustav (2008): 37% were very attentive
(2008): 46% were very attentive
(2011): 42% paid very well
(2012): 50% were very attentive.
- Matthew (2016): 37% were very attentive.
Many of these storms deserved their attention. Sandy devastated the metropolitan area of New York City. Andrew is one of the few storms that was in category 5 when he landed. Katrina changed the history of New Orleans.
However, Maria's death toll was higher than any hurricane, just one in recorded history, which had caused the most American deaths in US history. This is more than twice as many as Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Maria's lack of attention is undoubtedly because many Americans do not consider Puerto Ricans citizens of their country.
In 1993, 46% of Americans said that the Puerto Ricans were either not citizens or were not sure in a CNN survey. A non-gold standard Morning Consult survey found in September 2017 that slightly less than half of Americans did not know Puerto Ricans as citizens.
The percentage of Americans that Puerto Ricans recognized as US citizens rose after all that news of how Maria devastated Puerto Rico. After all, nearly a quarter of Americans did not know or said that Puerto Ricans were not citizens in an October 2017 poll of the Kaiser Family Foundation. And even with this increased knowledge base, only 22% of Americans said they pay close attention to the events in Puerto Rico regarding Mary.
Therefore, it may not be surprising that the Americans are more concerned about a storm that has not hit the US. For example, 18% have paid close attention to Hurricane Dean, which hit Mexico in 2007, and 28% have listened very carefully to Hurricane Earl, who did not land in the US but slightly affected the East Coast in 2010. 
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