CBS/NYT Poll: Majority of Americans favor restoring US-Cuba ties

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President Obama's trip to Cuba is the first time a sitting U.S. President has visited the island nation since Calvin Coolidge in 1928.

(WHNT) – President Barack Obama is in the midst of a historic trip to Cuba.  Mr. Obama arrived in Havana on Sunday, the first sitting United States president to travel to Cuba in nearly 90 years.  The trip comes as both countries have taken steps to normalize relations.

A majority of Americans in a new CBS News/New York Times Poll say they support restoring U.S.-Cuba relations.

Re-establishing Diplomatic Relations with Cuba

  • Favor: 58%
  • Oppose: 25%
  • Don’t Know: 18%

Authors of the poll note Gallup posed the same question to Americans back in 1977.  Back then, 53 percent of Americans believed the two countries should re-establish diplomatic relations.

The poll also touched on the trade embargo which remains in effect.  The majority of Americans polled say the embargo should be lifted.

Ending the U.S. Trade Embargo Against Cuba

  • Favor: 55%
  • Oppose: 27%
  • Don’t Know: 18%

Additionally, Americans weighed in on the subject of President Obama’s handling of relations between the United States and Cuba.

President Obama’s Handling of Relations with Cuba

  • Approve: 52%
  • Disapprove: 30%
  • Don’t Know: 18%

The poll was conducted by telephone March 11-15, 2016 among a random sample of 1,022 adults nationwide.