Survey on U.S. Tourism to Cuba

A survey conducted between March 25 and April 6, 2009, by World Public Opinion Org to know the feelings of U.S. citizens regarding Cuba, found that 70% were in favor of travel to the island. As proposed in the House of Representatives, the issue of removing restrictions that impede tourist travel did not garner enough votes to be debated.

This was the motivation of the Veritas Group to know the public opinion in relation to tourist visits from the United States. With this objective we developed the following questionnaire:

Tourism from the U.S. to Cuba.

1. Do you believe that if the U.S. government allowed tourist travel by its citizens to Cuba this would benefit our country?

Yes ___ No ___ It would be harmful ___ I don’t know ___

2. Would it be dangerous to U.S. citizens to come to Cuba?

Yes ___ No ___ It’s possible ___ I don’t know ___

3. Are you in favor of this tourism?

Yes ___ No ___ Maybe ___ I don’t know ___

4. Do you think these people should be able to freely stay and move about?

Yes ___ No ___ I don’t care ___ I don’t know ___

5. Do you think that they should only come on package tours, with guided visits, without contact with the population?

Yes ___ No ___ I don’t care ___ I don’t know ___

6. Do you want to interact with visitors: establish friendship, show them the sights, and demonsrate our hospitality?

Yes ___ No ___ I don’t care ___ I don’t know ___

7. How much should customs taxes be?

Similar to other countries ___ Higher ___ Lower ___ I don’ know ___

The research was conducted between January 25 and March 16, face-to-face by volunteers in the provinces: in 13 municipalities of the City of Havana, 4 municipalities in Havana, and the city of Santiago de Cuba. Also in the city of Matanzas and 5 municipalities in that province, over the telephone.

454 ballots were processed statistically. Of these 233 were females and 221 males. This represents 51% and 49% respectively.

For the analysis the grand total of respondents was considered. And by the categories: 15 to 34 years, 35 to 49 years and 50 years and older. We quantified the number of voters by gender in the general total and in the age groups.

In the category of 15 to 34 years we have 252 — 137 females (54%) and 115 males (46%). There were 140 between 35 and 49 — 64 female (46%) and 76 male (54%). Finally 50 years and older, 62 — 32 are female (52%) and 30 male (48%).

Likewise, the municipalities where more established residents replied that they would be dangerous to U.S. citizens coming to Cuba.

TRANSLATOR’S NOTE: PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK TO THE SPANISH LANGUAGE POST TO SEE THE RESULTS WHICH, FOR TECHNICAL REASONS, WE ARE NOT ABLE TO PRESENT HERE.

Spanish post

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