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Poll indicates Crist in line -- and Scott, Lopez-Cantera out of step -- with Cubans, Floridians over Cuba


Large majorities of Floridians, those of Cuban descent and Americans in general support normalizing relations with Cuba, according to a new poll that indicates Charlie Crist's recent stance against the embargo could be a political plus.

Once a hotbed of hardline positions against Cuba, Florida residents are more inclined to want to engage or normalize relations with Cuba compared to the rest of the nation, the poll from the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center of the Atlantic Council Atlantic Council shows.

As many as 63 percent of Floridians support a thaw in relations with Cuba, compared to 30 percent who are opposed. Nationwide, support for rapprochement with Cuba stands at 56 percent with 35 percent opposed.

“This is a key change from the past: Cuba used to be intractable because Florida was intractable. This poll argues that is no longer true,” Peter Schechter and Jason Marczak, executives with the Latin America center, wrote in an analysis of the poll.

Perhaps most-surprisingly, those of Cuban descent heavily favor normalization or engagement: 79-21 percent in Florida and 73-26 percent nationwide.

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