Republicans are warming up to US-Cuba relations
After 50 years of diplomatic turmoil, the U.S. and Cuba are seeing a groundswell of support for their new relationship, particularly among the Republican party.
According to new PEW reports, 59 percent of Republicans are now in favor of scrapping the 55-year-old embargo against Cuba. This marks a 12 percent increase since December when the Presidents Barack Obama and Raúl Castro announced plans to relax the strict economic and travel policies between the two countries. At the time, only 40 percent of Republicans (compared to 74 percent of Democrats) favored renewing ties.
It’s not just about the GOP, though. As the June 2015 PEW study shows, nearly three-quarters of all Americans are in support of reestablishing diplomacy with Cuba — and the increase can be seen across all partisan groups.
In an additional survey, the research group found that Latin Americans overwhelmingly approved of the new diplomatic relations. But even with 77 percent approval, there is significant skepticism about Castro. While 40 percent of Latinos said they held “favorable views” of Cuba, only 21 percent said they had confidence in the Cuban president.