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IRI Releases Survey of Cuban Public Opinion

June 5, 2012

Washington, DC – IRI today released its survey and analysis of Cuban public opinion (Spanish version).  The survey was fielded on the island February 29-March 14, 2012.  A total of 787 Cuban adults were asked questions ranging from access to internet and cell phone usage, to the performance of the current Castro government and expectations for change.  The IRI survey also asked Cubans their opinions about economic reforms which have been highly publicized in the international media.

While reports of reforms by the Cuban regime – including the purchase and sales of homes and limited liscensing for independent businesses – continue to generate widespread news coverage, IRI’s survey found that 85 percent of Cubans cannot cite any effect reforms have had in their personal lives. 

The survey was conducted in 14 Cuban provinces and has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent, and a 95 percent level of confidence.  This survey was the seventh of its kind conducted by IRI on the island since 2007.

A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, IRI advances freedom and democracy worldwide by developing political parties, civic institutions, open elections, democratic governance and the rule of law.