New policy moving forward between the US and Cuba announced by President Barack Obama was not initially met with overwhelming positivity, particularly from Cuban-Americans in the country, however it appears that people are starting to warm up to the idea according to a new poll.
Bendixen & Amandi International released a poll detailing the levels of support held by Cuban-Americans in relation to the changing policy between the two nations and found that the responses reflect a changing attitude to the situation.
According to a report by Reuters, the polls shows that Cuban-Americans shows support for the White House’s new Cubapolicy has risen in the three months since it was announced, with 51 percent now in favor of closer engagement with Cuba, up from 44 percent in December.
The poll sampled 400 people across the country’s population of approximately 2 million Cuban-Americans, with most of the population being mostly concentrated in Florida and New Jersey.
The findings showed that 40 percent of those polled said they disagreed with the new policy.
Plans to change policy between the US and Cuba were first publically announced in December last year with news that The White House intended to try to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba after some five decades of silence and hostility.
Part of the new plans are to include the relaxation of travel plans between the two countries while also increasing commercial ties but the US currently has no intention of lifting the embargo on Cuba.
“In the three months since President Obama’s historic announcement, rather than increasing opposition, the study reveals there is now slight majority support amongst Cuban-Americans for normalization of relations with Cuba,” said Fernand Amandi, of Bendixen & Amandi International, a Miami firm which did work for both Obama’s presidential campaigns.
According to Reuters, support among Cuban-Americans living outside Florida’s exile enclave was highest, while older Cuban-Americans born on the island were more likely to oppose the thaw with Washington’s longtime Cold War foe.
The survey revealed that 54 percent of Cuban-Americans over 65 said they were opposed and 38 percent in favour. But a large majority, 69 percent, of those aged 18 to 29 were in favour, and only 20 per cent against.
Forty-nine percent of Cuban-Americans living in Florida said they disagreed with the effort to normalize relations, while 41 percent said they agreed. However, 69 percent of Cuban-Americans living outside Florida agreed with the new policy.