Most Americans Support Ending Cuba Embargo

Americans are broadly optimistic that re-establishing diplomatic relations will be positive for the United States, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll has found

As President Obama makes the first trip to Cuba by a sitting president in nearly nine decades, Americans are broadly optimistic that re-establishing diplomatic relations will be positive for the United States, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll has found.

Sixty-two percent of Americans said reopening ties would be mostly good for the United States. However, the poll found that fewer than half — 40 percent — think it will lead to more democracy for Cuba. Instead, half said they thought it would not make much of a difference.

Over all, nearly six in 10 Americans support normalizing relations with Cuba, and most favor ending the trade embargo, according to the poll.

A slim majority — 52 percent — approved of the way Mr. Obama is handling relations with Cuba. That was up from 44 percent in December 2014, after the president announced that the two countries would restore relations.

The Times/CBS News telephone poll was conducted by SSRS on landlines and cellphones from March 11 to 15 with 1,022 adults and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.