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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

What America Thinks: Will Lifting Cuban Embargo Be Good for U.S.?

U.S. and Cuban officials met on Wednesday in Havana to begin talks about lifting the 54-year economic embargo on Cuba. This move would allow Americans and Cubans to travel freely between the two countries for the first time in half a century, as well as restore trade agreements between the two nations. Will this be good news for Americans and Cubans alike? We decided to find out what America thinks.

Just 16% of likely voters think the economic embargo that was placed on Cuba during the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations has been good for the United States. One-in-four think it has been bad for the nation, but 40% think it has had no impact. Nonetheless, half of voters think the United States should lift the embargo, and most believe Americans and Cubans should be allowed to travel freely between each other’s countries.

Although just six percent (6%) see Cuba as an ally of the United States right now, 40% think lifting the embargo will lead to a better relationship between the two countries by next year.

Despite high hopes for this new international relationship, there’s one Cuban import voters still don’t want: the terrorists held at the prison camp on Guantanamo Bay.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls