MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Second generation Cuban-Americans in Miami-Dade and newer arrivals from the island nation have shifted the view on ending the embargo and resuming diplomatic relations.
According to a recently released Florida International University poll 52 percent of respondents in Miami-Dade oppose continuing the U.S. embargo of Cuba. This percentage rises to 62 percent when it comes to Cuban Americans ages 18-29 who oppose continuing the embargo. Similarly, 58% of those arriving since 1995 oppose continuing the embargo, according to the poll.
FIU pollsters found among registered voters, the split is nearly equal, with 51% in favor of continuing the embargo and 49%
opposing its continuation. Support for continuing the embargo is strongest among Republican registered voters.
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Nearly 70 percent of those surveyed favored diplomatic relations with Cuba, with younger respondents strongly backing the
policy shift (90%). Support for re-establishing diplomatic ties maintains a solid majority among all age groups up to age 70.
The poll is the latest in a series of polls conducted by the university since 1991 that mark a steady evolution of Cuban-American views. Just a decade ago, electoral success in Miami depended in part on candidates’ support for the embargo.
The poll of 1,000 Cuban-American Miami-Dade County residents adds weight to recent efforts by Cuban-American business leaders and academics to get President Barack Obama to loosen more travel and trade restrictions with Cuba.
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