The majority of U.S. citizens view Cuba in a favorable light according to pollsters Gallup.
A total of 54 percent of those surveyed said they had a positive viewpoint of the island, whereas only 40 percent responded negatively. The results showed an improvement from 2015, when only 46 percent answered favorably. Results also improved from 2014 and 2006 with 38 percent and 21 percent respectively, EFE reports.
This change coincides with U.S. relations improving with the island, following the re-opening of the U.S. embassy in Havana during July last year.
During 1996, a mere 10 percent of those interviewed had a positive image of Cuba, Gallup said. Since the beginning of the Barack Obama in 2009, the total ratings reported from negative viewpoints have dropped by about 20 percentage points. By contrast, during the George W. Bush administration around two thirds of those interviewed had a negative view of U.S.-Cuba relations.
Relations between the two countries have continued to improve since 2015, following U.S. cellphone operators increasing coverage and offering roaming services across the island.