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About Half Of Cuban-Americans In Miami Support End To U.S. Embargo, Poll Says

SAN DIEGO - MARCH 15: Fans od Cuba cheer for their team as they play against Japan during the 2009 World Baseball Classic Round 2 Pool 1 match on March 15, 2009 at Petco Park in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO - MARCH 15: Fans od Cuba cheer for their team as they play against Japan during the 2009 World Baseball Classic Round 2 Pool 1 match on March 15, 2009 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)  (2009 Getty Images)

About half of Cuban-Americans surveyed in Miami support an end to the U.S. embargo of Cuba. Even more support resuming diplomatic relations with the communist island's government. That's according to a Florida International University poll released Tuesday.

It's the latest in a series of polls conducted by the university since 1991 that mark a steady evolution of Cuban-American views. Just a decade ago, electoral success in Miami depended in part on candidates' support for the embargo. But newer Cuban arrivals and second generation Cuban-Americans tend to back more diplomacy.

The poll of 1,000 Cuban-American Miami-Dade County residents adds weight to recent efforts by Cuban-American business leaders and academics to get President Barack Obama to loosen more travel and trade restrictions with Cuba.

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