Cuban-Americans in Miami-Dade County, Florida are increasingly supportive of the U.S. embargo on Cuba, the Miami Herald reports.
According to the Cuba Poll from Florida International University, which has tracked Cuban-Americans’ opinions in South Florida, the community is sharply divided over the embargo despite the vast majority agreeing that is hasn’t worked.
• 57 percent say the embargo has not worked at all.
• 26 percent say it has not worked very well.
• 17 percent say it has worked well or very well.
• 49 percent say the embargo should continue.
• 51 percent say it should end.
The poll found that younger migrants and second and third generation Cuban-Americans tend to oppose the policies, while older Cuban-Americans are more supportive.
“The policy preferences of Cuban-Americans are less a reflection of their party affiliation and more a reflection of the attachments that they have on the island,” commented Professor Guillermo Grenier, the chair of the school’s Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, who sponsored the poll and was the principle investigator. “Cuban-Americans with relatives and alliances on the island are more likely to want to keep doors open.”
He notes that “the mood of the community has changed in the last two years,” since former President Barack Obama, who eased the embargo, left office and President Donald Trump, who reinforced it, entered the White House.
“We see a community divided on the issue of the embargo while still willing to maintain and even expand business relationships established as a result of the Obama initiatives.”
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