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IRI releases survey of Cuban public opinion

April 15, 2011, 4:36 p.m.


The International Republican Institute (IRI) has released its survey and analysis of public opinion in Cuba.  The survey was condcuted January 28 – February 10, 2011.


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.



  • Due to restrictions on access, only one out of 20 adults in Cuba report ever going online.

  • 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.

  • Contrary to Cuban government reports that seven million citizens participated in town hall style meetings leading up to the April 16 Communist Party Congress, nearly 78 percent of survey respondents report they did not.


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