Pew Center: most Americans support stronger U.S. ties with Cuba

But just 32 percent expect Cuba to become more Democratic

A new report by the Pew Research Center reveals that 63 percent of Americans approve of the Obama administration’s recent decision to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba after more than 50 years. And there is equally broad support for going further and ending the decades-long U.S. trade embargo against Cuba (66 percent favor this).

Yet, according to the national survey, conducted Jan. 7-11 among 1,504 adults, there is broad public skepticism that a thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations will lead to greater democracy in Cuba. Only about a third, 32 percent, say they think Cuba will become more democratic over the next several years, while 60 percent say it will be about the same as it is now.

The survey finds strong support among Democrats and independents for the restoration of diplomatic ties with Cuba, and for ending the embargo.

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