|President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuba's President Raul|
Castro at the Summit of the Americas on April 10, 2015 in Panama City
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- In December 2014, CBS reported 54% of Americans in favor of reestablishing relations with Cuba (See: Cuba – The Public is Ready for a Change)
- In December 2014, 68% of Cuban Americans were reported as supportive of reestablishing diplomatic relations (Florida International University 2014)
- Gallup in February 2015 cites 59% favor “reestablishing U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba” and the same percentage favor “ending the embargo against Cuba”
- Pew, in January 2015 report – 63% approve reestablishing diplomatic relations with Cuba
Most interesting due to the lack of data, a stealth poll just out from Cuba shows the island’s inhabitants may be the most famished for a new relationship.
- 97% of Cubans interviewed believe normalization would be good for Cubans
- 64% believe it will change the economic system, but 54% believe the political system will remain the same
- 96% favor ending the embargo
- 89% believe President Obama should visit Cuba
Although regional Marxists still bemoan the slow pace of ending Cuba’s embargo and American capitalist-orientation; i.e., the use of trade and investment to promote open markets and civic space, in general, America’s position is enhanced in Latin America.