IRI Survey Sheds Light on What Cubans Have & Want; Hurricanes’ Effects

Spanish Version

Washington, DC – A research survey (Spanish Version) recently commissioned by IRI is helping the global community better understand the opinions of average Cubans regarding social, economic and political issues, as well as shedding light on their access to technology and the effects of hurricanes Gustav and Ike last fall.  IRI’s public opinion research is one of the only data-driven studies of its kind that is conducted on the island. Among the key findings of the survey:

“As Americans debate foreign policy regarding Cuba, we hope this type of data adds value in terms of understanding the fundamental realities on the island,” said Alex Sutton, IRI’s Director for Latin American and the Caribbean.

Approximately 11 percent of Cuban adults – the island has an estimated 18-and-older population of around 8.5 million – have been directly affected by the damage of last fall’s hurricane season, especially the destruction wrought by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

In regards to desire for change in their country, 63 percent of Cubans want freedom of expression and the ability to choose their leaders.  More than 86 percent want the right to own their own property and businesses.

From November 8-30, 2009, interviewers from Latin America engaged Cubans in public areas with a short repertoire of questions.  A total of 592 Cuban adults were surveyed in all 14 of the country’s provinces.  The survey has a margin of error of +/- four percent, with a 95 percent level of confidence.

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