Our Monday Poll asked readers to react to President Barack Obama’s announcement last week of a major shift in U.S. relations with Cuba.
Here are the results of the unscientific survey, based on more than 700 responses.
1) Normalizing relations with Cuba is an effort that’s long overdue.
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2) Our nation should hold its ground and change nothing while the restrictive Castro regime remains in power.
Strongly agree 15%
Somewhat agree 7%
Somewhat disagree 17%
Strongly disagree 61%
3) Traveling to Cuba would be most important to me, because.....
I'm of Cuban heritage and want to have easier access to my homeland. 1%
I'm a U.S. citizen with an avid interest in discovering what the island has to offer. 52%
I'm eager to explore new business opportunities. 3%
On the contrary, I have no interest in traveling to Cuba. 44%
4) A shift in policy toward Cuba would help the U.S. improve relations throughout Latin America.
Our online poll included a fifth statement: Congressional opponents of the president’s announced policy change on Cuba should block whatever they can. Again, a vast majority, 84 percent, of respondents disagreed.