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What Do Young Cuban-Americans Think About U.S. Embargo Against Cuba?


The majority of young Cuban-Americans not only oppose the embargo against Cuba but are in favor of reestablishing relations with Havana, according to a poll taken by Miami’s Florida International University.
“We’re seeing a clear demographic change – younger people and those who have arrived from Cuba over the past few years favor a change in policy toward the island,” FIU professor Guillermo J. Grenier, one of the directors of the survey released Tuesday, told Efe.
The study found that 62 percent of Cuban-Americans between ages 18-29 oppose continuing the embargo that the United States has imposed on Cuba since 1962.
Sharing that opinion are 58 percent of Cubans of all ages who came to the United States since 1995, according to the survey, the seventh that FIU has taken since 1991.
More than half the Cuban-Americans in Miami-Dade County reject continuing the embargo and 71 percent think it never worked.
Support for the embargo has clearly plummeted from its 84-percent average in the 1990s.
Now 68 percent of the county’s Cuban-Americans want diplomatic relations with the island restored, a percentage that jumps to 90 percent among the youngest respondents.
The general U.S. population has also shown signs of reconciliation, with 56 percent in favor of normalizing relations between their country and Cuba, according to a recent study by the Atlantic Council think-tank.
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