A highly unusual poll of some 1,200 residents of Cuba, conducted in person on the island under the supervision of Miami-based Bendixen and Amandi International for the Washington Post, Univision and Fusion, finds overwhelming support for improved relations with the United States, but little in the way of optimism that anything will change on the home front.

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Unsurprisingly, the poll finds people “unhappy with the political system, eager to end the U.S. embargo and disenchanted with their state-run economy.” More than half of those surveyed said they would leave the country for good if they had the chance.

Such a poll is almost unheard of in Cuba. The report says it was conducted without government authorization by Cuban residents trained in polling techniques.

Other takeaways:

  • Raul Castro (47%) has higher favorable ratings than Fidel (44%). Obama was higher than both, at 80% favorable.
  • Younger people are more optimistic than older Cubans
  • Given the chance, most Cubans would move to the United States over other countries
  • Most are deeply unhappy with the political and economic systems of the country, but okay with the health care and education systems
  • Many didn’t want to talk about politics or religion, refusing to answer questions about the Catholic Church, exiles returning to reclaim property and political parties on the island
  • Younger people, more than older ones, feel like they have to be very careful what they say in public

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