MIAMI — About half of Cuban-Americans surveyed in Miami support an end to the US embargo of Cuba, according to a Florida International University poll released Tuesday. And even more support resuming diplomatic relations with the communist island’s government.
The poll is the latest in a series of surveys conducted by the university since 1991 that mark a steady evolution of Cuban-American views. Just a decade ago, electoral success in Miami depended in part on candidates’ support for the embargo. But newer Cuban arrivals and second-generation Cuban-Americans tend to back more diplomacy.
The poll of 1,000 Cuban-American Miami-Dade County residents adds weight to recent efforts by Cuban-American business leaders and academics to get President Obama to loosen more travel and trade restrictions with Cuba.