In Case You Had Any Doubt

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Note to U.S. Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana and Congressman Howard Berman of California, who co-authored an editorial in the Miami Herald calling for the lifting of tourism-travel sanctions towards Castro's Cuba:

The desire for change by the Cuban people is homegrown. It does not stem from -- nor was it "inspired" by -- American spring breakers and other tourists.

But don't take our word for it.

Washington, DC A year-and-a-half after Gen. Raúl Castro assumed the presidency of Cuba, more than four in five citizens on the island (82 percent) do not believe things are going well, according to a recent survey sponsored by the International Republican Institute (IRI). The survey, which was fielded on the island last summer, showed a vast majority of Cubans would vote for fundamental political change (75 percent) and economic change (86 percent) if given the opportunity.

"The data reveals Cubans' strong dissatisfaction towards its leadership and their indisputable preferences for political and economic change," said Lorne Craner, President of IRI.

The survey was fielded on the island from July 1-August 4, 2009.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Only 7.9% of those interviewed thought ending the U.S. embargo would improve the Cuban economy. Why? Because the Castro regime would hoard all of the increased income through their totalitarian infrastructure.

You can view the entire poll here.