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While Poll Supports New U.S.-Cuba Relations, Political Hurdles Remain

Cars in Havana, Cuba.
Cars in Havana, Cuba.
Cars in Havana, Cuba.
Credit Nina Hale / Flickr
Cars in Havana, Cuba.

About 60 percent of Americans agree with the President’s decision on Cuba, according to a new poll this week from CNN and Opinion Research Corporation.

Almost as many said the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, which only Congress can overturn, should be lifted. And two-thirds want U.S. tourist travel to the island restored as well.

Even so, Obama faces a Cuban gauntlet now in the remaining two years of his presidency. On Christmas Eve, conservative Cuban-American and Miami Congressman-elect Carlos Curbelo wrote a Miami Herald op-ed saying he’ll join the efforts to block Obama’s new Cuba policy.

But Obama’s biggest headache may not be Cuban exile hardliners but rather Cuba itself. U.S. administration officials tell us they’re concerned that the same Americans backing the President may become disillusioned if they don’t see signs of political and economic change in Cuba soon.

And they probably won’t.

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