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12% Say U.S. Should Help Defend Cuba If It's Attacked

Treaties signed over the years sometimes make strange bedfellows, and surprisingly one such regional treaty puts the United States in the position of helping Castro’s Cuba if it gets in a jam.

Just 12% of American Adults, however, think the United States should help defend the Communist island nation with military aid if it is attacked, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Sixty-nine percent (69%) oppose going to Cuba’s defense with military help, but another 19% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The United States has military defense treaties with over 50 other nations. In addition to asking about countries regularly in the news, Rasmussen Reports has been periodically asking Americans how they feel about defending some of these treaty countries if they are attacked. Cuba’s the biggest loser on the latest list of nine treaty countries.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on May 16-17, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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