CRI Receives Grant to Support FIU Cuba Poll

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The Trimpa Group, LLC, has approved $40,000 to support the FIU Cuba Poll, to be conducted between January and March 2014.

The 2014 FIU Cuba Poll will attempt to frame Cuban-American political interests in a broader context than previous polls. The poll will consist of questions addressing three major themes: U.S.-Cuba relations, domestic policies of concern to Cuban Americans, and the impact of recent economic reforms on social processes on the island, including migration and remittances. The core of the questions will provide, for the first time, detailed quantitative analysis of attitudes and behaviors associated with U.S.-Cuba policy and correlate these opinions with domestic policy concerns.

The poll will be administered to 1,000 randomly selected Cuban-American residents of Miami-Dade County, Florida. This sample size will permit a statistically significant analysis of various demographic categories within the Cuban community. The sample is generated from telephone exchanges using standard random-digit-dialing procedures that ensure that each phone has an equal chance of being chosen for the sample. Interviews are conducted with respondents who have both land-line phones and cell phones. Bilingual interviewers conduct the survey in Spanish and English.

As in previous years, Dr. Guillermo Grenier, Professor of Sociology, will direct the FIU Cuba Poll. His associate in the polls since their inception in 1991 is Dr. Hugh Gladwin, Associate Professor of Anthropology. Dr. María Aysa-Lastra, Assistant Professor of Sociology, will collaborate in the analysis. All Principal Investigators are faculty members in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, in the School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University.

The FIU Cuba Poll represents a major source of data on the Cuba-related attitudes of the Cuban-American community of South Florida. The results receive widespread circulation, appearing in wire services, television news, and major newspapers, as well as serving as the major source for academic analysis of the political ideology and behavior of Cuban Americans. Copies of the report and the executive summary are sent to selected members of the Executive Branch and Congress.

After conducting the poll, the results of the project will be shared through mini-conferences and seminars in Miami and Washington, D.C.

The Trimpa Group, LLC, is a progressive consulting, philanthropic, and political investment advising, and government relations firm specializing in public policy advocacy and political strategy at the state and federal levels.