April 10th, 2009
12:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Poll: 7 in 10 Americans back diplomatic relations with Cuba

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/10/art.getty.cuban.flag.jpg caption="Do Americans back a plan to relax some of the current restrictions on Cuba?"]WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama is getting ready to visit to the Summit of the Americas next week amid rising reports the administration is planning to announce new rules on family travel and remittances to Cuba. Do Americans back a plan to relax some of the current restrictions on that island nation?

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Friday suggests the answer is yes. Nearly two thirds think the United States should lift its ban on travel by U.S. citizens to Cuba. And seven in ten think it's time to re-establish diplomatic relations with that country.

" Republicans as well as Democrats favor re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "On the issue of lifting travel restrictions, Republicans are evenly divided, while Independents and Democrats support the change."

The CNN/ORC telephone poll of 1,023 Americans was conducted April 3-5 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Tom Kaye

    If we can have relations with Communist China and had relations with Communist Russia and now have relations with Vietnam . . . what the hecks with having relations with Cuba.

    What is the right afraid of Cuba for?

    April 10, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Hugh USARMY- (Ret.)

    70% of Americans do not support Socalism & Communism as some will suggest, the 30% minority will continue to cling to post WWII McCarthyism with the same fear tactics they perpetuated then as they are doing now!

    April 10, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. totally neutral

    Sucks having to send your lackies to Canada to get Cuban Cigars. especially since Batista was SUCH a nice guy.

    April 10, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Grimm

    @ ray ray April 10th, 2009 12:26 pm ET

    Maybe those 7 in 10 would feel differently, maybe not. Who can really say accept for those particular individuals? China, the U.S. debt purchaser, is world reknown for it's inhumane government practices. Yet, the U.S. still conducts business with that country. Under President George W Bush, the U.S. had/has "secret prisons" where people were snatched off the streets and detained at indefinitely. Not to mention the U.S. conducts torture but get's up in arms when our citizens/soldiers are tortured by other countries.

    My point is 50 years of isolation has solved nothing. It's well past the time to try something different. Perhaps open talks will be able to stimulate the Cuban government to change its stance. Besides, the U.S. has approximately 7 failed assassination attempts on Fidel to its credit. How would you feel if a foreign government made attempts on you life?

    Lastly, what on earth did you mean by President Obama and Cuba being "birds of a feather?"

    April 10, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. Brian Crooks

    April 10th, 2009 12:39 pm ET

    Brian Crooks

    Since when is Cuba a Liberal stance?

    JFK initiated the silence after trying to overthough Castro… LBJ supported it… Carter and Clinton continued the silence.
    Note that I had liberal in quotations. It's not a liberal stance, it's a "liberal" stance. By that I mean it's something the conservatives have railed against for the past 8 years, saying that anyone who wants to normalize relations is a far-left radical. JFK initiated the silence because at the time, he thought Castro was a real threat and because he thought he could effectively cut them off from the rest of the world and make them overthrow Castro. LBJ supported it because it was in the same time frame and the same circumstances. I have no defense to offer Carter or Clinton, they both should have taken a stance to normalize relations.

    April 10, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Former Army

    I for one am for it. But what people forget is the connection with Chavez and does anyone remember Granada? Maybe that is why people who know history are concerned.

    April 10, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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