Spanish Version

Washington, DC – Despite Raul Castro’s recent alterations to some socio-economic policies, more than 60 percent of Cubans are still looking for change, especially in the form of elections, free speech and multi-party politics.  This is among the findings of a unique survey (Spanish Version) recently conducted in Cuba, and released today, by IRI.

“While the new Castro regime is working hard to project an image of change, these survey results indicate that the Cuban people are unconvinced, still looking for freedom, a better quality of life, and new leaders,” said Lorne Craner, President of IRI.

According to the results of the survey, conducted on the island between March 14-April 12, 62 percent of Cubans support a change to a democratic system, while 60 percent say they would vote for someone other than Raul Castro if free elections were held today.  An overwhelming 82 percent show strong support for a transition to a free-market economy.

Other significant findings from the survey:

When asked if Cubans should have uncensored access to the Internet, 83.5 percent of Cubans say yes.  While Raul Castro recently eased restrictions for computer purchases, the Cuban government still prohibits Internet access to its citizens.

Cuba also restricts opinion surveys without government authorization and supervision.  For that reason, IRI utilized an original methodology for its survey.  From March 14-April 12, 2008 interviewers from other Latin American countries discreetly engaged Cubans in public areas with their questionnaires.  A total of 587 Cuban adults were asked questions ranging from perspectives on the economy to the performance of the current Castro regime.  The survey has a margin of error of +/- four percent, and a 95 percent level of confidence.  The survey was conducted in all 14 Cuban provinces.

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