Miami-Dade Poll: Big Majority Back Cuba Engagement, But Cubans Still Split

May 11, 2016

A large majority of Miami-Dade voters agree with President Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba. But Miami-Dade Cubans are still divided – even if they applaud the President’s recent performance in Havana.

Those are some of the findings of a survey conducted by WLRN, Bendixen and Amandi, the Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald and Univisión 23.

Six hundred Miami-Dade voters took part in the poll. About a third were born in Cuba or have Cuban ancestry.

Among all voters, almost two-thirds support re-establishing diplomatic ties with communist Cuba. But Cubans are still split: Just over half of them disagree.

Two-thirds of all Miami-Dade voters also said they agreed with President Obama’s decision to visit Cuba earlier this year. Less than half of Cuban voters called it a good idea. Still, 81 percent of those Cubans said they liked the speech Obama delivered in Havana.

Not surprisingly, a majority of Cubans oppose a Cuban consulate in Miami-Dade County – but only a tenth of Cubans surveyed said they plan to travel to the island in the next year.

One interesting result involved the Miami-based Carnival cruise line. Despite the controversy surrounding its relaunching of U.S. cruises to Cuba this month, most voters – and most Cubans – say Carnival handled it well in the end.