Research shows changing US attitudes to Cuba

Campaign News | Thursday, 4 December 2008

Extracts from the 2008 Cuba/US Transition Poll New Report Cites Political and Foreign Policy benefits of changing the U.S. approach to Cuba

Those interviewed favored, by a majority, ending restrictions on remittances and on travel to, and establishing diplomatic relations and engaging in direct talks with, Cuba. By a majority, they thought that the embargo had not worked "at all" and opposed continuing the policy. A majority were US citizens, registered to vote, and Republican, and they voted for John McCain and for their Republilcan Congressional candidates.

Would you favor or oppose ending current restrictions on sending money to Cuba for Cuban Americans?

Favor 65%

Oppose 35%

Would you favor or oppose ending current restrictions on travel to Cuba for Cuban Americans?

Favor 66%

Oppose 34%

What about for all Americans? Would you favor or oppose ending current restrictions on travel to Cuba for all Americans?

Favor 67%

Oppose 33%

Overall, do you think the U.S. embargo of Cuba has worked very well, well, not very well, or not at all?

Very Well 9%

Well 12%

Not Very Well 23%

Not At All 56%

Do you favor or oppose continuing the U.S. embargo of Cuba?

Favor 45%

Oppose 55%

Do you favor or oppose the U.S. re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba?

Favor 65%

Oppose 35%

Should the U.S. government and the Cuban government engage in direct talks about migration and other critical questions?

Yes 79%

No 21%

Are you a U.S. citizen?

Yes 60%

No 40%

Are you registered to vote?

Not registered to vote 24%

Registered to vote 76%

Are you registered as a Republican, a Democrat, an Independent, or with some other party?

Republican 52%

Independent 21%

Democrat 27%

In the presidential election, did you vote for John McCain or Barack Obama, or did you not vote for either?

McCain 62%

Obama 38%

In voting for the US Congress House of Representatives, did you vote for the republican or democrat in your district, or was the representative already chosen for your district?

Republican candidate 72%

Democratic candidate 28%

Report carried out by Brookings / Cuba Study Group / Florida International University poll of Cuban Americans in Miami-Dade.

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