Poll: 63 Percent of Floridians Support Lifting Cuban Embargo

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The Cuban embargo has been in place for well over 50 years now to little effect, and now a new poll claims that a majority of Americans, and an even larger share of Floridians, believe it's time to end it.

The poll was presented this morning from D.C.-based think tank the Atlantic Council, but their methods have already come under fire by parts of the Cuban exile community.

Conducted by the bipartisan polling team of Paul Maslin and Glen Bolger, the survey found that 56 percent of Americans support lifting the embargo. That number jumps to 63 percent among Floridians. Sixty-two percent of Latinos nationwide also supported lifting the embargo. Even 52 percent of Republicans support the move.

Meanwhile, just 35 percent of Americans and 30 percent of Floridians flat-out disapproved of improving ties with Cuba.

"Given the results of the survey, it is clearly time to take another look at U.S.-Cuba policy. There has been a surge in thinking about whether it's working," Jason Marczak, deputy director of the Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, told Reuters.

Though, what the poll noticeably left out is a comprehensive survey of Cuban-Americans.

The head of the US-Cuba Democracy PAC told Reuters that the poll didn't bother to survey only registered voters.

However, an FIU poll from 2011 of Cubans living in Miami found that 56 percent favored lifting the embargo. That number rose to 64 percent among registered voters.

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Eugenio A. Alonso
Eugenio A. Alonso

Cubans here go there every year, sometimes more than once a yesr. Almost all the food consumed there comes from the US. We travel to China, far more brutal than Cuba, even Cubans who refuse to go to Cuba for ideological reasons. The embargo only prevents the government of that wretched island to obtain loan guarantees we provide farmers. Why waste more of our money?

Michael Fiorellino
Michael Fiorellino

if we already trade with Saudi Arabia, China, Russia and Vietnam...what's the big freaking deal?

Kalo Escobar
Kalo Escobar

I say lift...maybe they'll benefit for US tourism and maybe ppl wouldn't risk their lives as much and die at sea. Maybe ...

Ed Ochoa
Ed Ochoa

Yeah lets just lift the embargo, and while we are at it, lets also help the Cuban Govt, lets send them money and food and medical supplies who cares what they did some 50 years ago, who cares if they killed and murdered innocent people, who cares that they displaced and separated families for many years so what lets just forget all that, Hell lets name a national Holiday in the name of Fidel too.

Joaquin Pedroso
Joaquin Pedroso

Anyone who has even a cursory knowledge of the embargo and US trading practices knows perfectly well that it has nothing to do with human rights. We make a habit of trading with human rights violators and used to champion many dictatorships of the right. No, the embargo was implemented to aid other efforts (sabotage, insurgency, terrorism, invasion plans, etc) in the overthrow of the Castro regime. Policy planning in the US makes this clear. It's not even controversial. The consequences were predictable. A clamp down on human rights to expression and movement on the island and an entrenchment of revolutionary fervor now pointed ever more vociferously at their neighbors to the north. The embargo has, if anything, justified and propped up the revolution more so than it would have been otherwise. It gives the regime a common enemy (in much the same way non-western terrorism gives the US a sense of the same). Cubans and Americans are right to want a normalization of relations. It could very well undo the stranglehold the Cuban government exercises over basic things like expression, education, and movement of peoples. Not to mention it would mean increased prosperity for those on the island as well as one less barrier to full fledged multi-party democracy.

Roberto Alba-Bustamante
Roberto Alba-Bustamante

What Americans really care about is not the embargo, but the travel ban to Cuba. There's a difference. They can care less about whether Cuba does business with the US (which it already does - the US is Cuba's 5th largest trading partner). Even less care about the dictatorship. What they really care about is being able to enjoy a pina colada in Havana and having a nice Caribbean vacation. "Human rights? Who cares!? I want my pina colada in Varadero."

Mercy Suarez
Mercy Suarez

The embargo has made us the Castros' scapegoat...he blames all his ills on the U.S. DESPITE the fact that they have millions coming in from around the world...but it's still our fault that the island is such a mess...

Samir Vasquez
Samir Vasquez

We should let US citizens travel to Cuba...If I can visit China, I should be able to go to an island 90 miles off our coast.

Mercy Suarez
Mercy Suarez

By the way, lift the embargo...doesn't really matter...the rest of the world does business with Cuba and it has not helped them at all since all the money goes to just a select few...the people themselves still have nothing...it's a corrupt government, just like the Chinese...

Omar Becerra
Omar Becerra

I agree also with Cary Gonzalez, the embargo has made if anything Castro more powerful.

Mercy Suarez
Mercy Suarez

"Butthurt first gen exiles" is an insulting way of putting it...unless you went through it, you shouldn't insult...I have LOTS of family and family friends that fall into that category and that's not how I would describe them. However, we should totally do away with that Wet Foot/Dry Foot nonsense...it's become an economic issue and not a political one.

Omar Becerra
Omar Becerra

who cares about the Russians here, we are buying their oil...more than 50 years of this insane policy, has not worked, it has kept Americans from been free of traveling, has made many Cuban american rich, by taking our tax dollars for TV Marti, and radio stations, that no one in Cuba listens to. Wanna change in Cuban government? give then an economic revolution, they will not last. the chance was in 80, when my generation the first one after Castro, seeing our relatives gone back for the first time, brought hope to better life; open up the courage to create the Mariel, the embargo has starved many innocent people, while the cuban americans supporting it, have no family left in Cuba, have been here too long and it is inhumane, we do business with China and we buy Russia's oil. the Castro's are done already.I say LIFT THE EMBARGO, the world travels there, why can't we?

Chard Beauregarde
Chard Beauregarde

The only ones still supporting this nonsense are the butthurt first gen exiles.

Juan R. Pollo
Juan R. Pollo

How many Russians support the lifting of anti-gay laws?

Doris UrRealtor Acosta
Doris UrRealtor Acosta

Let's end the Wet foot Dry foot bs. Unless every immigrant gets the same help. Lots of suffering in many countries not just Cuba. I'm Cuban and people need real help in the country not leaving and risking their lives for help

Richard Greenfield
Richard Greenfield

Bunch of red commie bastards. Open your eyes to what this could contribute to.... human rights violations... the list goes on.... get it together, hippies!

Kenn Gambe
Kenn Gambe

what people that have never lived on this island like buddy up here dont understand is that the gvt is never affected they have every resource, the people who get affected by things like the embargo are the common folk.

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

What embargo is that? The myth started by Fossil Castro and perpetuated by the nostalgia-milking exiles like Ileana and the Diaz Ballart clan? There are over 130 countries who do business with Cuba, including Canada, all of Europe, China and most of Central and South America. So what American product are we making the poor people of the slave island do without?

Andrew Creech
Andrew Creech

The other 47% said "Wha? We have an embargo on Miami?"

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

43.3% of all Kyle's posts are long winded poll result analysis

56% are drivel

0.7% are unsure.

Eric Rodriguez
Eric Rodriguez

And bring money to the govt that took everything from my family? Fuck no

Angel Acevedo
Angel Acevedo

And while they're at it, get rid of the Cuban Adjustment Act. It's time.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

The rest of the world trades with Cuba.  Tell me again, what's the purpose of this now almost 54 year old embargo?

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