Poll: Most Americans Support Lifting Embargo Against Cuba

Image: Poll: Most Americans Support Lifting Embargo Against Cuba Tourists travel in a taxi in Havana on Jan. 8.

Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 08:51 AM

By Courtney Coren

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The United States has had a trade embargo against Cuba for more than 50 years, but according to the latest survey, a majority of Americans favor normalizing relations with the Communist regime.

In the poll commissioned by the Atlantic Council released Tuesday, 56 percent of Americans nationwide support changing the U.S. policy on Cuba. Among Floridians, that number goes up to 63 percent and 62 percent for Latinos overall nationwide.

The poll was conducted by the bipartisan team of Democratic strategist Paul Maslin and Republican strategist Glen Bolger. It sampled 1,024 American adults selected randomly Jan. 7-22 in both English and Spanish. It had an oversampling of 617 Floridians and 525 Latinos. The margin of error was +/- 3.1 percent.

While Democrats support the policy change more than Republicans, 52 percent of Republicans also said they would support normalizing relations with Cuba.

"This survey shows that the majority of Americans on both sides of the aisle are ready for a policy shift," writes Director Peter Schechter and Deputy Director Jason Marczak of the Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center.

"More surprisingly, Floridians are even more supportive than an already supportive nation to incrementally or fully change course," they add. "This is a key change from the past: Cuba used to be intractable because Florida was intractable. This poll argues that is no longer true."

More than 60 percent of Americans support lifting all economic restrictions so that Americans are able to do business in Cuba, removing travel restrictions to the country and allowing Americans to spend money in Cuba.

More than 60 percent also said Cuba does not belong on the list of countries that the United States designates as sponsors of terrorism, which also includes Sudan, Syria and Iran, saying that they do not believe Cuba poses the same risk to the nation as the other countries.

President Barack Obama said in November that it is time for the United States "to continue to update our policies" toward Cuba.  Obama has lifted some restrictions on Cuban-Americans by allowing them to travel and send money to the country more easily.

The embargo began in 1962, after Fidel Castro took power of Cuba in a 1959 revolution and took control of properties owned by the United States.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Obama Under Pressure to Break 'No Boots on the Ground' Pledge

Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 07:37 AM

President Barack Obama's military campaign against Islamic State group extremists has already crept beyond the narrow pa . . .

Intruder Makes it Through White House Front Door

Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 07:13 AM

The Secret Service is coming under intense scrutiny after a man who hopped the White House fence made it all the way thr . . .

Turkish Explanation of ISIS Hostage Release Raises Questions

Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 12:25 PM

Turkish authorities say they have freed 49 hostages from one of the world's most ruthless militant groups without firing . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved