Survey on Government Economic Measures

The group Veritas of Psychosocial Investigations received a request from the Center of Socio-Economic and Democratic Studies (CESED) to carry out a public opinion poll about the economic measures implemented by the government. They developed the following questionnaire:

Veritas Group of Psychosocial Investigations

Volunteers carried out the survey, face to face, between January and March. There were 736 forms processed from the following provinces: Pinar del Río, Artemisa, Ciudad de La Habana, Mayabeque, Matanzas and Santiago de Cuba.

The total of general responses was considered for statistical analysis. Categories were: 15 to 34 years old, 35 to 49 years old, and more than 50 years old. Numbers were quantified by sex for the general total and by age-group categories.

Out of 736 people, 368 were female and 368 were male.

Citizen opinion about the changes in Cuba.

Age and gender

Total General

%

15 -34

%

35-50

%

+50

%

F

368

50

138

43

138

55

92

57

M

368

50

184

57

115

45

69

43

Total

736

100

322

100

253

100

161

100

Question 1: Do you think the government is carrying out all the changes that the country needs?

Total General

(736)

%

(100)

15-34

(322)

%

(100)

35-50

(253)

%

(100)

+50

(161)

%

(100)

Yes

66

9

20

6

21

8

25

16

No

382

52

138

43

139

55

105

65

Undecided

76

10

25

8

33

13

18

11

Don’t know

212

29

139

43

60

24

13

8

Question 2: Do you think it’s necessary to have self-employment?

Total General

(736)

%

(100)

15-34

(322)

%

(100)

35-50

(253)

%

(100)

+50

(161)

%

(100)

Yes

66

9

20

6

21

8

25

16

No

382

52

138

43

139

55

105

65

Undecided

76

10

25

8

33

13

18

11

Don’t know

212

29

139

43

60

24

13

8

 Question 2A: Should small and medium-sized industrial and agricultural businesses be permitted?

Total General

(736)

%

(100)

15-34

(322)

%

(100)

35-50

(253)

%
(100)

+50

(161)

%

(100)

Yes

441

60

225

70

164

65

52

32

No

111

15

32

10

33

13

46

29

Undecided

77

10

25

8

32

13

20

12

Don’t know

107

15

40

12

24

9

43

27

Question 2B: Should taxes be lowered?

Total General

(736)

%

(100)

15-34 (322)

%

(100)

35-50

(253)

%

(100)

+50

(161)

%

(100)

Yes

574

78

252

78

212

84

109

68

No

65

9

16

5

23

9

27

17

Undecided

44

6

19

6

10

4

15

9

Don’t know

53

7

35

11

8

3

10

6

Question 2C: Should wholesale markets be created?

Total General

(736)

%

(100)

15-34

(322)

%

(100)

35-50

(253)

%

(100)

+50

(161)

%

(100)

Yes

464

63

194

60

152

60

118

73

No

42

6

19

6

15

6

9

6

Undecided

50

7

17

5

21

8

11

7

Don’t know

180

24

92

29

65

26

23

14

Question 2D: Should professionals be given licenses to work as self-employeds?

Total General

(736)

%

(100)

15-34

(322)

%

(100)

35-50

(253)

%

(100)

+50

(161)

%

(100)

Yes

600

82

282

87

213

84

105

65

No

39

5

6

2

12

5

21

13

Undecided

52

7

12

4

18

7

22

14

Don’t know

45

6

22

7

10

4

13

8

Question 3: Do you think the government should ratify the Declaration of Human Rights – civil, political, economic, social and cultural – that the United Nations signed in 2009?

Total General

(736)

%

(100)

15-34

(322)

%

(100)

35-50

(253)

%

(100)

+50

(161)

%

(100)

Yes

428

58

209

65

139

55

80

50

No

61

8

21

6

26

10

14

9

Undecided

85

12

45

14

23

9

17

10

Don’t know

162

22

47

15

65

26

50

31

Question No. 4.- Do you think it’s your right to exercise freedom of ….

                               A) Information

Total General

(736)

%

(100)

15-34

(322)

%

(100)

35-50

(253)

%

(100)

+50

(161)

%

(100)

Yes

484

66

203

63

162

64

119

74

No

63

9

47

15

12

5

4

2

Undecided

91

12

43

13

32

13

16

10

Don’t know

98

13

29

9

47

18

22

14

                                B) Expression

Total General

(736)

%

(100)

15-34

(322)

%

(100)

35-50

(253)

%

(100)

+50

(161)

%

(100)

Yes

642

87

263

82

228

90

151

94

No

16

2

9

3

5

2

2

1

Undecided

47

6

29

9

11

4

5

3

Don’t know

33

5

21

6

9

4

3

2

                                  C) Association

Total General

(736)

%

(100)

15-34

(322)

%

(100)

35-50

(253)

%

(100)

+50

(161)

%

(100)

Yes

545

74

239

74

193

76

113

70

No

30

4

16

5

9

4

5

3

Undecided

60

8

21

7

20

8

19

12

Don’t know

101

14

46

14

31

12

24

15

  Question No. 5.- Do you think democracy requires a multi-party system?

Total General

(736)

%

(100)

15-34

(322)

%

(100)

35-50

(253)

%

(100)

+50

(161)

%

(100)

Yes

571

78

236

73

204

81

131

81

No

64

9

47

15

12

5

5

3

Undecided

74

9

29

9

28

11

17

11

No sé

27

4

10

3

9

3

8

5

Question No. 6.- Do you think that a citizen who puts all his resources, means and effort into starting his own business has the right to associate with and receive funds from foreign investors?

Total General

(736)

%

(100)

15-34

(332)

%

(100)

35-50

(253)

%

(100)

+50

(161)

%

(100)

Yes

598

81

275

85

207

82

116

72

No

30

4

14

4

7

3

9

5

Undecided

53

7

21

7

21

8

11

7

Don’t know

55

8

12

4

18

7

25

16

Translated by Regina Anavy

June 5 2012

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