Spanish Version

Washington, DC – A year-and-a-half after Gen. Raúl Castro assumed the presidency of Cuba, more than four in five citizens on the island (82 percent) do not believe things are going well, according to a recent survey (Spanish Version) sponsored by IRI.  The survey, which was fielded on the island last summer, showed a vast majority of Cubans would vote for fundamental political change (75 percent) and economic change (86 percent) if given the opportunity.

“The data reveals Cubans’ strong dissatisfaction towards its leadership and their indisputable preferences for political and economic change,” said Lorne Craner, President of IRI.

Other significant findings from the IRI survey:

“The data on cell-phone- and email use is encouraging,” said Craner.  “Not surprisingly, those people with more access to information and communication tend to be the most critical of the Cuban government, and the ones with the largest appetites for reform.”

The survey was fielded on the island from July 1-August 4, 2009.  A total of 432 Cuban adults were asked questions ranging from perspectives on the economy, to the performance of the current Castro government.  The survey has a margin of error of +/- five percent, and a 95 percent level of confidence. The survey was conducted in 12 Cuban provinces.

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