BBC World News America - Harris Poll
Almost fifty years ago the eyes of the world were on the interplay between the United States and Cuba during the Bay of Pigs and then the Cuban Missile Crisis. Luckily, those thirteen days passed with no major escalation, but the stage was set for ice-cold relations between the two countries for most of the next five decades.
23% of Americans say that the government of Cuba is unfriendly and an enemy of the United States
63% say Cuba’s government is not friendly, but not an enemy
12% say Cuba is a friend but not a close ally
2% believe Cuba is a close ally
There is an age difference in attitude towards Cuba.
35% of those 55 and older say that Cuba is unfriendly and an enemy
10% of those 18-34 say the same
These are some of the results of BBC World News America/Harris Poll of 2,050 adults surveyed online between January 13 and 15, 2010 by Harris Interactive.
While Cuba may no longer be considered an enemy by a majority of Americans, it does not mean people are ready to embrace the government completely.
44% of adults believe it is too soon for normal relations to be restored with Cuba
38% disagree with that idea
40% say the embargo towards Cuba should remain in effect
36% say it should not remain in effect any longer
Without Fidel as President
39% agree that Cuba has changed for the better
32% are not at all sure
38% say they would like to visit Cuba if possible
49% say they would not visit Cuba if allowed
Of those 55 and older 30% say they would want to visit Cuba if possible
Of those 18-34 43%
Of those 35-44 46%
47% of men would like to visit Cuba if possible
30% of women
Relationship with Cuba
75% say the relationship with Cuba is important
25% say it is not important
57% say there are missed opportunities for U.S. businesses
17% say there are not
25% are not at all sure
Obama Easing Restrictions on Cuban Americans
When he took office, President Obama said he was going to make overtures to Cuba and attempt to better relations between the two countries. So far he has lifted some travel restrictions for Cuban Americans to visit the island.
29% say this is not enough of an overture
35% believe it is enough
10% say it is too much
49% believe President Obama should visit Cuba at some point during his presidency
25% say maybe he should visit when Fidel Castro dies
26% say he should never visit Cuba