National Poll Marking Elian Gonzalez One-Year Anniversary: Americans Want New Relations With Cuba

Complete Poll to News Organizations on Request



Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Cuba Policy Foundation

    HOUSTON, NEW ORLEANS and MIAMI, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- To mark this
 Sunday's one-year anniversary of the action that reunited Elian Gonzalez with
 his father, the Cuba Policy Foundation has commissioned a poll of 1,000
 Americans, margin of error +/- 3 percent, on where Americans stand on U.S.-
 Cuba relations.
     News organizations may call Steven Goldstein 917-449-8918 of the Cuba
 Policy Foundation to obtain the complete results of this national poll.
 
     Poll results include:
 
     American companies should be allowed to do business with Cuba.
     22.0 percent strongly agree.
     30.4 percent agree.
     21.0 percent disagree.
     11.2 percent strongly disagree.
 
     Americans should be allowed to travel to Cuba.
     32.6 percent strongly agree.
     34.2 percent agree.
     15.8 percent disagree.
     8.5 percent strongly disagree.
 
     What is the best way for the U.S. to help make Cuba a democracy?
     15.4 percent say spend taxpayer dollars to fund opposition groups.
     17.4 percent say commit American military forces to overthrow the Cuban
          regime.
     63.3 percent say give Cuba a taste of American democracy by allowing
          American companies to trade with Cubans and invest in Cuba.
 
     The Cuba Policy Foundation has also commissioned polls of where residents
 of Texas, Louisiana and Florida stand on U.S.-Cuba relations.
     The poll of 500 Texans will be released at a news conference in Houston on
 Thursday, April 19, 2001, 11:00 am, Houston City Hall Visitors Center.
     The poll of 500 Louisianans will be released at a news conference in New
 Orleans on Friday, April 20, 2001, 11:00 am, New Orleans World Trade Center.
      The poll of 500 Floridians will be released at a news conference in Miami
 on Sunday, April 22, 2001, 12:00 noon, location TBA.  Sunday, April 22, 2001
 is the one-year anniversary of the action by U.S. Marshalls that reunited
 Elian Gonzalez and his father.
     The polls were conducted for the Cuba Policy Foundation by Rasmussen
 Research.
 
     The Cuba Policy Foundation is a nonpartisan, centrist organization led by
 senior diplomats in Republican Administrations.  The Cuba Policy Foundation,
 which supports democratic reform in Cuba, favors lifting the U.S. embargo
 because the embargo has failed to produce change for 40 years, and because a
 new policy would be in America's best economic and national interests.
 Ambassador Sally Grooms Cowal, president of the Cuba Policy Foundation, was
 Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Latin America under first President
 Bush.  Ambassador Cowal gave refuge to Elian Gonzalez and his father in
 Washington, DC after Elian left Miami last year.
 
 

SOURCE Cuba Policy Foundation
    HOUSTON, NEW ORLEANS and MIAMI, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- To mark this
 Sunday's one-year anniversary of the action that reunited Elian Gonzalez with
 his father, the Cuba Policy Foundation has commissioned a poll of 1,000
 Americans, margin of error +/- 3 percent, on where Americans stand on U.S.-
 Cuba relations.
     News organizations may call Steven Goldstein 917-449-8918 of the Cuba
 Policy Foundation to obtain the complete results of this national poll.
 
     Poll results include:
 
     American companies should be allowed to do business with Cuba.
     22.0 percent strongly agree.
     30.4 percent agree.
     21.0 percent disagree.
     11.2 percent strongly disagree.
 
     Americans should be allowed to travel to Cuba.
     32.6 percent strongly agree.
     34.2 percent agree.
     15.8 percent disagree.
     8.5 percent strongly disagree.
 
     What is the best way for the U.S. to help make Cuba a democracy?
     15.4 percent say spend taxpayer dollars to fund opposition groups.
     17.4 percent say commit American military forces to overthrow the Cuban
          regime.
     63.3 percent say give Cuba a taste of American democracy by allowing
          American companies to trade with Cubans and invest in Cuba.
 
     The Cuba Policy Foundation has also commissioned polls of where residents
 of Texas, Louisiana and Florida stand on U.S.-Cuba relations.
     The poll of 500 Texans will be released at a news conference in Houston on
 Thursday, April 19, 2001, 11:00 am, Houston City Hall Visitors Center.
     The poll of 500 Louisianans will be released at a news conference in New
 Orleans on Friday, April 20, 2001, 11:00 am, New Orleans World Trade Center.
      The poll of 500 Floridians will be released at a news conference in Miami
 on Sunday, April 22, 2001, 12:00 noon, location TBA.  Sunday, April 22, 2001
 is the one-year anniversary of the action by U.S. Marshalls that reunited
 Elian Gonzalez and his father.
     The polls were conducted for the Cuba Policy Foundation by Rasmussen
 Research.
 
     The Cuba Policy Foundation is a nonpartisan, centrist organization led by
 senior diplomats in Republican Administrations.  The Cuba Policy Foundation,
 which supports democratic reform in Cuba, favors lifting the U.S. embargo
 because the embargo has failed to produce change for 40 years, and because a
 new policy would be in America's best economic and national interests.
 Ambassador Sally Grooms Cowal, president of the Cuba Policy Foundation, was
 Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Latin America under first President
 Bush.  Ambassador Cowal gave refuge to Elian Gonzalez and his father in
 Washington, DC after Elian left Miami last year.
 
 SOURCE  Cuba Policy Foundation