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Poll Respondents Support Aruba Boycott

By Alabama Public Radio

Mobile, AL – The Mobile Register and University of South Alabama poll found that seven out of 10 respondents would not travel to the Caribbean island even if they won a free trip. Governor Riley announced the boycott this month to protest the way Aruban officials have handled the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, who went missing in May while on a high school graduation trip. Aruban officials have reacted angrily to Riley's statements. In Aruba, tourism is the dominant industry and Americans generate about 75 percent of the island's tourism revenue. The State Department has refused to support a boycott, as have many travel groups. The poll of 400 residents from Monday through Thursday of last week has a margin of error of plus or minus five percentage points.

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