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 24, 2014 at 6:48 pm
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    No one should support the status quo at this point. This difference is where the changes are to take place. Lifting the embargo unilaterally will cost the US economy nothing. It will not add or subtract jobs. It won’t lower the crime rate. But if Obama demands more democracy in Cuba, it will make life much better for Cubans. Either way, Cuba is poor third world country with few natural resources and a crumbling infrastructure. Cuba has huge problems ahead of them either way.

  • December 24, 2014 at 6:44 pm
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    When you feel the need to comment and facts and figures escape you, we can always count on you to resort to name-calling.

  • December 24, 2014 at 6:42 pm
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    Terry, I don’t disagree that the embargo is on a slippery slope to being lifted. This would be great for Cuba and beneficial to the US as well. Here is the difference between you and I. I am expecting that the lifting of the embargo will mean an independent and free media exists in Cuba. This means that Circles could publish HT from Cuba free from harassment. I hope no embargo means yes to multiparty elections. That means the possibility of a faction of the Communist Party from the extreme left as well as a Democratic Socialist Party from the right. It should also mean someone other than a Castro is in charge. This are all good things for the Cuban people even though they seem meaningless to you. Finally, my comments are not about me so if being embarrassed for standing up for free speech in Cuba is the price I pay. Me apunto!

  • December 24, 2014 at 1:14 pm
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    Everyone is relying on the Patterson propaganda drivel to enhance the expected drivel from the King of paranoia.
    Meanwhile, the muppet of a President, O’Barmy continues with his comedy act to win over the US brainwashed masses.

  • December 24, 2014 at 11:27 am
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    Polls clearly show that even in Florida and Dade County people support changes….only the dinosaurs of the Cuban right stick to their oudated stance…

  • December 24, 2014 at 10:56 am
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    Moses, the end of the embargo is now inevitable, and there is nothing that you or anyone else can say or do that will stop that momentum. Your continuing defeatist and paranoid attitude is nothing more than a joke now. Stop it…you’re only embarrassing yourself futher.

  • December 24, 2014 at 8:22 am
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    What’s important to remember is that, outside Miami and Havana, where all things Cuba related make the news, no one particularly cares about Cuba. It’s just an another island in the Caribbean.

    I recently returned from Burmingham Alabama on business (before the changes in Cuba policy were announced) and the fact that I was a Cuban was a great curiosity with those I was doing business with. They asked questions and were curious about my opinion, but it was obvious that Cuba is not something they often, if ever, think about. Cuba, and US policy towards Cuba, is simply not that important. Remove the ever present Alan Gross from the equation and Cuba is once again relegated to the back burner….

  • December 23, 2014 at 11:17 pm
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    If you inserted the word “Communist” in front of Cuba in the same poll, the results would have been different. If you added Fidel and Raul Castro worse yet. Given the lack of interest and therefore lack of information that most Americans have regarding Cuba, these results don’t surprise me. Had the polled Americans known that Cuba is BFFs with North Korea, Iran, Syria and Russia, I have no doubt the percentages would reverse. Before the vote in Congress to lift the embargo is called, I have every confidence that Americans will be much better informed about the truth of the Castro dictatorship.

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