An unsurprising poll

Capitol Hill Cubans has an unsurprising poll about how Cubans on the island overwhelmingly desire freedom.

The International Republican Institute (IRI) today released its survey and analysis of Cuban public opinion. The survey was fielded on the island January 28 – February 10, 2011.

Here are some key findings:

  • Cubans still overwhelmingly desire democracy and freedom in their country, including multiparty elections and freedom of expression. The response rate signifying this desire is higher than at any time since Raul Castro assumed the presidency of Cuba in 2008.
  • More than three-in-four Cuban adults would vote for fundamental political change (78 percent) if given the opportunity, and nine-in-ten citizens (91 percent) would support economic change.
  • More than 90 percent of Cubans want a market economy system, with economic freedoms, opportunities to own property, and the right to own businesses.
  • Citizens remain very concerned with their economic future and more than three of four Cuban citizens (77 percent) do not have confidence that their government will succeed in solving this challenge.

A total of 463 Cuban adults were asked questions ranging from perspectives on the economy, to the performance of the current Castro government. The survey was conducted in 12 Cuban provinces and has a margin of error of +/- five percent, and a 95 percent level of confidence.