The International Republican Institute released a survey of Cuban public opinion (pdf) today in a press release datelined
The IRI materials don’t say who did the poll, but a spokesman says it was done by a professional survey research firm.
In a question where respondents were asked to name, without prompting, the “biggest problem in
By a three-to-one margin, survey respondents were not optimistic about the government’s ability to solve the problem they cited, and when asked what kind of government could solve the problem, 42 percent didn’t answer.
Other questions showed a belief that political and economic change would improve conditions in
The survey says that nine percent of Cubans have access to e-mail and Internet, an additional 27 percent have access to e-mail alone, and ten percent use cell phones.
These are selected comments; for the full document – a summary of results, not the poll itself – follow the link above.
The survey raises another question. If two U.S. government grantees, IRI and Solidaridad Espanola con Cuba, can send pollsters to Cuba, why does the U.S. government’s own Radio and TV Marti rely on surveys of émigrés in Miami to measure their audiences?