Poll: 63 Percent of Floridians Support Lifting Cuban Embargo
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.