Sixty-three percent of Floridians are in favor of normalizing U.S. ties with Cuba, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Atlantic Council, a think tank based in Washington.
Nationwide, support for better relations with the Communist-ruled island was 56 percent, rising to 62 percent among Latinos.
The survey also found strong backing, 64 percent, for that position in Miami-Dade County, the center of the Cuban-American community.
Support for normalizing relations was greater among Democrats, 60 percent, than among Republicans, 52 percent, while 60 percent of independents were in favor of the change.
The support was greater among Democrats but the majority of Republicans also support normalization of relations with Cuba, according to the study conducted by Peter Schechter and Jason Marczak, director and assistant director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, respectively.
The survey was released at a time when former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican-turned-Democrat who is seeking to return to the governor’s mansion, is calling for an end to the U.S. embargo against Cuba and says he feels it is time to start investing in the island.
The study, conducted by telephone in English and Spanish with 1,024 adults between Jan. 7-22, has an error margin of 3.1 percent.