Majority Support in US for New Cuba Policy

Alvaro Fernández  (Progreso Weekly)

Washington Post-ABC News poll Dec. 17-21, 2014 among 1,011 adults conducted on conventional and cellular phones.
Washington Post-ABC News poll Dec. 17-21, 2014 among 1,011 adults conducted on conventional and cellular phones.

HAVANA TIMES — The Washington Post is reporting that a new Washington Post-ABC News poll has a large number of Americans supporting President Obama’s decision to establish diplomatic ties with Cuba, but an even larger number in favor of ending the trade and travel bans to the island.

As reported by Scott Clement, “the national survey finds little erosion in public support after President Obama announced sweeping changes in U.S.-Cuba policy, despite his weak approval ratings nationally. Sixty-four percent support establishing ties with Cuba, similar to 66 percent in a 2009 Post-ABC poll asking whether the United States should do so.

“Sixty-eight percent support ending the trade embargo with Cuba — up 11 points from 2009 — and 74 percent support ending travel restrictions to Cuba — a jump of 19 points from five years ago. The poll described each policy in general and did not mention Obama’s action, maintaining broad comparability to previous surveys.”

Even republicans, who not long ago were against the measures, now support allowing trade and travel. “In 2009, 36 percent of Republicans said the United States should end the trade embargo and 40 percent favored an end to travel restrictions,” reported Clement. But those numbers have skyrocketed in favor with 57 percent now supporting trade with Cuba and 64 percent supporting travel between the countries. “Republicans continue to split on establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba overall, with 49 percent supporting and 47 percent opposing the idea — a similar split to 2009,” said Clement.

According to the Washington Post – ABC News poll, as reported by The Washington Post: “Majorities in nearly every other major demographic group in the survey support establishing diplomatic ties with Cuba, along with scuttling travel and trade bans. Independents support renewed diplomatic ties by a 63-32 margin, with 67 percent supporting lifting the embargo and 72 percent backing travel between countries. More than three quarters of Democrats support all three proposals tested in the poll.

“Hispanics are among the most supportive of re-starting diplomatic relations with Cuba; 75 percent support doing so, while 20 percent are opposed. The survey did not include a large enough sample of Hispanics or detailed questions to examine attitudes of Cuban Americans.”


10 thoughts on “Majority Support in US for New Cuba Policy

  • December 25, 2014 at 9:00 am

    “This are all good things for the Cuban people even though they seem meaningless to you.”

    Moses, none of what you want for Cuba is ‘meaningless’ to me…I’m wanting the same. Where we differ is that you have demands…whereas, I have expectations. You find it necessary for the Cuban government to concede to demands before the embargo and Helms-Burton are repealed. This is where we differ, and where the world differs with your government too…including a significant portion of your own US population. Lastly, it’s absolutely fruitless to demand anything from the Cuban government because, as history has proven, Cuba will not concede to US demands. I support the carrot…while you still support the club. As your President has asserted, it’s time for a new approach.

  • December 24, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    When my wife tells people she’s Cuban, people want to talk about two, maybe three things. Cigars, Fidel Castro and dancing salsa. They always ask “Is Castro still alive?”. Beyond that Cuba is not on anyone’s radar.

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