Public Opinion on Cuba
Steven L. Taylor
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Via WaPo‘s The Fix:
Sixty-eight percent support ending the trade embargo with Cuba — up 11 points from 2009 — and 74 percent support ending travel restrictions to Cuba — a jump of 19 points from five years ago.
The main issue over time:
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About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective.
He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog).
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Yeah, I didn’t think this was going to amount to anything as a political issue. Rubio’s just demonstrating his lack of political judgment again. By Iowa this will be forgotten, and even Florida won’t care.
Pretty clear from Sen Rubio’s opposition that he has determined that his future is as a Florida Senator instead of a national figure.
@JohnMcC: As the old Florida Cubans die off even Rubio’s future as a senator may be in doubt.
I think that the reality on the ground has favored some sort of normalization of relations for some time.
However, note that for roughly the last ten years there has been no trend on public opinion on establishing diplomat relations. Without personal knowledge of the subject my off-hand interpretation of that is that the old Florida Cubans have mostly already died off and there’s a baseline of opposition of about 30%, proabably mostly Republican, to normalization.