Opinion polls show Americans support favorable policies on Cuba

A strong majority of likely American voters in Ohio, Indiana, Iowa and Tennessee are in favor of diplomatic relations with Cuba, and to support restrictions on trade and travel to the Greater Antilles, according to a poll released by the Atlantic Council last Tuesday.

The survey pointed to states that show their Republican-leaning or that could influence any of the major parties in the United States presidential election of November 2016.

A 68 percent of respondents approved the resumption of diplomatic relations achieved in July, compared with 26 percent who disapprove.

It also emerged that 58 percent of respondents are in favor of ending the embargo, which remains intact, with 35 percent.

Meanwhile, 67 percent were in favor of ending the current restrictions on Americans traveling to the Caribbean island, compared with 28 percent opposed.

Last December, the US president, Barack Obama, reversed the policy taken by 10 past presidents and pledged, with his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro, to restore bilateral diplomatic ties.

Obama’s call to lift the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba has been blocked by Congress, Republican majority, as a measure to allow Americans to travel to the Caribbean island as tourists.

The analysis revealed that Republicans and conservatives still oppose Obama about the embargo on 9 and 17 points, respectively; even they are divided as to the restoration of bilateral relations and an end to travel restrictions.

“Hardly find any other policy of the Obama administration with this great support from Republicans,” he said in a statement Peter Schechter, director of Latin America Adrienne Arsht Center, Atlantic Council.

Most Republican presidential candidates support maintaining the blockade and isolation of Cuba, including Cuban-American Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

The Atlantic Council noted that the survey was conducted between 15 and 18 October last, by Republican expert Glen Bolger, who questioned 150 likely voters in each state, and had a margin of error of about 4 percent.

Translated by: Daysi Olano Fernandez

Written by Cuban Radio, Radio Cubana

November 18, 2015


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