A poll released today by Florida International University found that Cubans are more divided on the issue of sanctions against Cuba than is commonly believed. According to FIU researchers, 52% of Miami-Dade Cuban-Americans support ending the embargo — among 18 to 29 year olds, that number rises to 62%.
Of particular interest is the differential between Republican and Democratic Cubans. Among Democratic Cuban-Americans, a group largely coextensive with the younger element referred to above, a significant majority supports normalizing relations with our neighbors to the south.
As we’ve discussed several times on the Squeeze Charlie Crist’s declaration that he opposes the 53-year-old embargo may have a substantial impact on turnout in Miami-Dade County, an area where Democrats must run up the score in order to defeat Governor Scott. These new findings support the idea that it may be a positive impact.
Check out the complete FIU report and survey results at the university’s Cuban Research Institute.