Cubans Overwhelmingly Want Change

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The International Republican Institute (IRI) has just released its survey of Cuban public opinion. The survey was fielded on the island February 29-March 14, 2012.

A total of 787 Cuban adults were asked questions ranging from access to internet and cell phone usage, to the performance of the current Castro government and expectations for change. The IRI survey also asked Cubans their opinions about economic reforms which have been highly publicized in the international media.

While reports of reforms by the Cuban regime – including the purchase and sales of homes and limited licensing for independent businesses – continue to generate widespread news coverage, IRI’s survey found that 85 percent of Cubans cannot cite any effect reforms have had in their personal lives.

Other interesting results:

- Nearly nine-in-10 adults (90 percent) between 18-29 years of age desire fundamental political change.

- Four-in-five Cubans (80 percent) support greater economic freedom, including private property rights.

- 70 percent do not have confidence that the Castro regime will succeed in resolving those concerns.

- Less than 5% identified U.S. sanctions as the cause of their problems.


The survey was conducted in 14 Cuban provinces and has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent, and a 95 percent level of confidence. This survey was the seventh of its kind conducted by IRI on the island since 2007.

See the full survey here.