Monday, February 29, 2016
Public Approves Of Obama's Cuba Trip (& Lifting Embargo)
A few days ago, I brought you the results of a new Gallup Poll that showed a majority of Americans now view Cuba favorably. Now there is a new YouGov Poll (done between February 19th and 22nd of a random national sample of 1,000 adults, with a margin of error of 4.1 points) that shows the public also approves of President Obama's impending trip to Cuba.
A majority of Americans (and most demographic groups) think it's a good thing for the president to visit Cuba -- the first trip to that island nation by an American president in nearly nine decades. While 51% approve, only 34% disapprove of the trip.
Perhaps even more important, a solid plurality of Americans (48% to 22%) now think its time for Congress to lift the failed embargo against Cuba. They are right. Most other nations are no longer cooperating with the embargo, and are freely trading with Cuba. The embargo has accomplished nothing, and lifting it would help many American businesses.