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Huge majorities of Americans support closer ties to Cuba

One week after the White House announced it was renewing diplomatic ties with Cuba for the first time in a half century, a new poll finds strong majorities of Americans in favor of increased engagement with the island nation on several fronts.

In the Washington Post-ABC News survey, 64 percent of respondents supported establishing diplomatic ties with Cuba, while 68 percent endorsed dropping the trade embargo — an 11-point increase since Obama's inauguration. (Though the White House has the final say on diplomacy, Congress has authority over the embargo.)