Story. By Madeline Baró Diaz . Miami Bureau. May 24, 2005.
Despite accusations that Cuban militant Luis Posada Carriles has carried out deadly attacks in his four-decade battle against President Fidel Castro's government, most Cuban exiles in South Florida think he is a patriot who deserves political asylum in the United States, according to a poll to be released today.
The poll of 300 Cuban-born people in Miami-Dade and Broward counties was conducted May 13-22 by Bendixen & Associates, which asked respondents about their views on Posada.
More than 60 percent said they had a positive view of the aging exile and former CIA operative who has been accused of a number of violent acts, but they also said they preferred that a future transition to democracy in Cuba be peaceful rather than violent.
The poll's margin of error was 6 percent.
"Cuban exiles have a very different point of view toward transition in Cuba than they did 10 or more years ago," pollster Sergio Bendixen said. "They do not support the violent acts of the past, but they feel that when [Posada] was carrying out his activities, he was working for Cuba's freedom and for a country that supported those acts."...