A new poll released July 21 shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans support renewed diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, with nearly as many supporting the removal of the still-existing trade embargo.
According to the poll, conducted by Pew Research, 73 percent of Americans favor reestablishing diplomatic relations with Cuba, a jump of 10 points from just six months ago. The poll also showcased 72 percent approval for lifting the current trade embargo that has existed since former President John F. Kennedy’s first year in the White House in 1961.
Republican and Democratic voters alike expressed support for both measures, with the latter supporting the renewed relationships and removal of the trade embargo in large numbers. Eighty-three percent of Democrats believe restoring ties with Cuba is a step in the right direction for the United States, while 82 percent believe the embargo should end.
Even Republicans agreed with both measures, with 56 percent backing the renewed relations between America and Cuba. Fifty-nine percent agreed that the trade embargo should come to an end after over five decades in place, a 12 point gain from January, Politico noted.
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The Associated Press also conducted a poll recently asking Americans similar questions to Pew’s poll. According to the AP’s research, seven in 10 Americans agree that the United States should reestablish ties with Cuba. When asked about doing the same with Iran, 51 percent supported that measure. Only 41 percent supported the idea of America reaching out to North Korea to push for renewed diplomatic relations.
However, the AP’s poll also found that 60 percent of respondents think the Cuban government is still unfriendly towards the U.S., with 15 percent calling the communist nation an enemy.
On July 20, relations between Cuba and the United States were officially recognized by each nation’s respective governments, with the nations’ flags flying over their embassies. Since December 2014, President Barack Obama has been in contact with Cuban president Raul Castro on negotiating the terms of renewed diplomatic efforts.
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