Cubans high on prospects for change with U.S. ties

April 8, 2015 7:00 PM

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Cubans say they are overwhelmingly optimistic about the hope of economic change from President Obama's decision to re-establish diplomatic ties with the island country, according to a survey the authors describe as the first independent poll there in decades.

Of those canvassed, 73% said they are optimistic about their future. All but 3% said the normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba is good for their country of 11 million, possibly improving basic standards of living from buying a car to starting a business.

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