Miami-Dade (64%) favors normalizing US relations with Cuba

Dawn Gable

HAVANA TIMES — A poll released today by the widely respected Atlantic Council in Washington DC found that a whopping 64% of respondents in Miami-Dade  favor the US normalizing relations with Cuba, followed by 63% of Floridians and accompanied by 62% of Latinos and 56% of the national general public.

That may seem surprising when, for decades, the US embargo against Cuba has been maintained largely due to national candidates and parties fearing retaliation from the Cuban American hardliners in Miami-Dade County.

But according to the poll, conducted just last month, Florida and Miami are “now more willing than an already supportive country” to reengage with Cuba.

Conventional wisdom might tempt us to explain this shift by pointing to younger generations, but this poll does not support that notion, with responders over the age of 65 being slightly more willing to open relations with Cuba that younger respondents.

While the poll was somewhat predictable in terms of political party support for changing US policy, the divide associated with political affiliation was not as wide as one might expect. Over 50% of Republicans said they support normalization, while both Democrats and Independents weighed in at 60%.

Tourists in Havana.  Photo: Juan Suarez
Tourists in Havana. Photo: Juan Suarez

The poll was introduced by Senators Leahy and Flake, both long time promoters of ending the embargo, who also published an op-ed in the Miami Herald today titled Time for a new policy on Cuba.

This comes on the heels of a Senate delegation to Cuba consisting of Senators Sanders, Tester, and Heitkamp, after which Heitkamp said: “I think 55 years of this relationship is probably enough and it’s time to now transition to a different relationship.”

Joining the parade, Rep. Charles Rangel issued a press release yesterday calling “for the free exchange of people, goods and ideas between the US and Cuba.”

Quite a beginning of the week for the pro-engagement crowd after last week’s frenzy over Cuban sugar baron Alfy Fanjul coming out, in the Washington Post, against the embargo and Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist declaring on the Bill Maher show that the embargo has to go!

Crist will be on Stephen Colbert tonight, to keep the momentum of his campaign moving. Odds are he will mention this poll, especially after Paul Begala, political consultant and former advisor to President Clinton, told to the Atlantic Council audience that “as a strategist” he would tell a candidate that if pro-normalizationis your authentic position…you can win.”


13 thoughts on “Miami-Dade (64%) favors normalizing US relations with Cuba

  • February 14, 2014 at 8:14 am

    ….oh and I forgot to mention. Cuba jails Doctors for publishing data it finds embarrassing and obfuscated, until called out, cholera outbreaks throughout the island. And you want us to believe their data?

    Perhapse you should visit the CDC / health information / travelers / Cuba to see the dangers of visiting your communist island paradise.

  • February 14, 2014 at 8:02 am

    …and we will continue to call you out on your lies JG, such as intentionally misquoting poverty and unemployment figures and NPR stories to suite your purposes

  • February 14, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Question: You would like me to accept at face value the data provided by Communist Cuba…the same country that has a history of fudging and hiding data….the same country that hid military equipment under 10 tons of sugar to send illegally to Communist North Korea and then lied about it?

  • February 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    WHO & UNESCO statistics on Cuba come straight from the Castro regime propaganda mill. They do not allow any independent groups to collect their own data on Cuban social or economic conditions.

    Your “facts” are worthless.

  • February 13, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Yeah sure Moses,
    If the American people only knew what YOU know about how Cuba is responsible for people all over the world thinking badly about the foreign policies of the government of the United States.
    Most Americans can’t find Cuba on a map with the names of the countries on it, nor like you , do they have anything but a State Department-scripted view of Cuba’s revolution.
    Your rhetoric might well be taken from :
    1) the old-guard Miami crazies
    2) the State Department
    3) Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity
    4) the corporate media .in general.
    IMO , if you were to ask Americans whether they thought the GOUSA had a right to tell another country what kind of economy and government they could have OR whether they thought it would be OK for another country like China to tell us what we can and cannot do with our own country , you’d get quite a different answer than the one you’d like.
    When polled, the U..S. public is clearly shown to be way left of the government .
    You REALLY have to step outside your far-right and anti-intellectual box and get a grasp of reality.

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