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Poll: Miami Cuban-Americans Support End to Embargo

MIAMI (AP) — About half of Cuban-Americans surveyed in Miami support an end to the U.S. embargo of Cuba. Even more support resuming diplomatic relations with the communist island’s government. That’s according to a Florida International University poll released Tuesday.

It’s the latest in a series of polls conducted by the university since 1991 that mark a steady evolution of Cuban-American views.

Gladys Llanes listens to a new U.S. citizen recount her journey as an immigrant from Cuba during a naturalization ceremony Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Just a decade ago, electoral success in Miami depended in part on candidates’ support for the embargo. But newer Cuban arrivals and second generation Cuban-Americans tend to back more diplomacy.

The poll of 1,000 Cuban-American Miami-Dade County residents adds weight to recent efforts by Cuban-American business leaders and academics to get President Barack Obama to loosen more travel and trade restrictions with Cuba.

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