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Poll: Majority Wants to End Cuban Embargo, Including Most Republicans

Getting a consensus in Miami on the Cuban embargo is about as realistic as grabbing a quiet, relaxed cafecito at Versailles the morning of a Castro death rumor. But nationally at least, evidence continues mounting that there's real consensus that President Obama's move toward thawed relations is the right move.

The latest proof comes via a new national poll from a D.C. strategy group, which found that more than six in ten voters want to end the embargo -- including a majority of Republicans.

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The poll, which surveyed more than a thousand registered voters last month, found 64 percent support ending the embargo outright, with just 32 percent wanting to keep it in place.

Unsurprisingly, that number among Democrats skews even further in favor of ending the sanctions, with 74 percent in favor. But even GOP voters were mostly in favor, with 51 percent supporting open relations with Havana. Among independents, 64 percent want the embargo gone.

The support is even higher among national voters when asked to chose between diplomacy and engagement and continued isolation; 72 percent chose the former option.

Only 29 percent of those polled, meanwhile, say they believe Obama's rapprochement represents a "concession to the Castro dictatorship"; 71 percent, rather, believe it's in the best interest of both American and Cuban people.

Even embargo supporters aren't 100 percent against the changes, the poll found, with 47 percent agreeing the recent changes could help the island and 44 percent backing more travel and trade with Havana.

The poll comes via Beyond the Beltway.

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Tim Elfrink is a former investigative reporter and managing editor for Miami New Times. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
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