Hispanic attitudes on Cuba varies
Florida Atlantic University survey finds higher-income Hispanics favor
Author: Bruce Hamilton, The Morning Show anchor, email@example.com
Published On: Feb 18 2015 10:17:10 AM EST
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –
Hispanics earning the highest incomes were most likely to support
lifting the U.S. embargo with Cuba and were most optimistic that it
would lead to regime change, according to the latest survey conducted by
the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling
Initiative in the College of Business.
Overall, Hispanics support lifting the embargo, with 43 percent in
favor, 24 percent opposed and 33 percent undecided. Among those earning
under $25,000, 24.1 percent opposed the embargo.
Opposition to the embargo rises to 41.9 percent of those earning $25,000
to $75,000, while 67.8 percent earning more than$75,000 opposed it.
Highest income earners also were most optimistic that lifting the
embargo would lead to regime change (64.5 percent).
A majority of all Hispanics surveyed (73 percent) were in favor of
re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and in favor of
unrestricted travel to Cuba (61 percent).
Overall, expanding trade with Cuba was favored by 68 percent of
respondents, including 87.1 percent of highest income earners
($75,000-plus). Republicans are most likely to visit Cuba (56.8
percent), while only 38.5 percent of Democrats said they are likely to
“A plausible explanation for the support of high income earners to lift
the embargo could be the vision of investing in Cuba,” said Monica
Escaleras, director of BEPI. “Young respondents as well as high-income
earners might see lucrative opportunities, perhaps opening businesses in
The Cuba poll was part of a monthly survey by BEPI of consumer optimism
among Hispanics, which rose to a new high of 100.69, up from 86.4 in
December, the highest level since FAU started calculating the index in
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