An overwhelming majority of Arizonans are in favor of reestablishing U.S.-Cuba relations. In December last year, President Obama overturned a 55-year-long policy to reopen diplomatic relations with Cuba. The latest Rocky Mountain Poll shows Arizonans support the U.S. opening its door to Cuba by a three-to-one
margin. Behavior Research Center President Jeff Haynes says statewide, 45 percent of Arizonans back trade relations with Cuba compared to only 27 percent who oppose it. One interesting standout of the survey indicates the older generation approves of Obama’s decision to cast aside the five-decade-old embargo. The poll also shows a deep divide along party lines. Democrats support lifting the embargo by 58 percent whereas Republican voters oppose it by 38 percent.
In 1960, under the dictatorship of Fidel Castro, Cuba seized several local subsidiaries of U.S. corporations and taxed American products so heavily that forced President Dwight Eisenhower to step in. He placed an embargo on Cuba making it illegal for U.S. corporations to do business with Cuba. The U.S. claimed the embargo would continue until the Cuban government had respect for human rights and moved toward a democratic society. Cuba remains a Marxist government under the dictatorship of Raul and Fidel Castro.
The administration noted there is no clear time-line for establishing the new relationship, however the U.S. will welcome Cuba at the Summit of the Americas in April.