Fifty-Five Percent of Florida Cubans are Voting for Barack Obama

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For years Republicans have been able to rely on solid support from the majority of Florida's Cuban community, but one of the few public polls that actually includes figures specifically on Cuban voters says that President Barack Obama actually has a 16-point advantage over Mitt Romney among Florida Cubans.

Overall, the Survey USA poll found that Obama is leading Romney in the state by four points.

Among Cubans, however, he's leading Romney by 16 points, 55-39. Among non-Cuban Hispanics he's leading 61-25.

Fifty-four percent of Cubans say they have a favorable opinion of Barack Obama, while 36 percent have an unfavorable opinion.

Romney is still viewed favorably by Cubans, but just not by such a large margin, with 45 percent having a favorably opinion of the Republican nominee, and 41 percent with an unfavorable opinion.

In the Senate race, Cubans prefer Democrat Bill Nelson over Republican Connie Mack 54-36.

Cubans do have noticeable different political priorities than other Hispanics. Nine percent of non-Cuban Hispanics say immigration is the most important issues in this election, while zero percent of Cubans say the same. Fifty-four percent of Cubans say jobs are the top issues, followed by 21 percent who choose health care. Both were at higher rates than non-Cuban Hispanics.

Now, of course Cuban voters in the poll represent a small sample size of an already small sample size. Survey USA polled just under 600 likely voters, and said that Cubans made up about 10 percent of those. So, we're talking about results based on 60 people. If these margins were smaller, we wouldn't even bring it up, but according to this poll at least it appears Cubans may be turning blue.

[Survey USA]

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Navyveteran
Navyveteran

Perhaps this is the reason........"Mr. Ryan argues that the Obama administration has been too willing to engage with Cuba and has made it too easy to travel back and forth and send money to Havana from the United States. He vowed that a Romney-Ryan administration would be “tough on Castro” as well as on Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan leader".   Ryan Criticizes Obama’s Cuba Policy and Explains His Shift on the Issue By  RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. Published: September 22, 2012

domenicodraves
domenicodraves

Notice the difference between Cubans and other Latinos. Older Cubans are aware of the similarities and promises by Castro and Obama. The problem is they are dying and their children are not listening to the history

Daniel537
Daniel537

Ultimately i think Romney will win the Cuban vote, but the fact is the Cuban vote is definitely trending Democratic. The old extremists are dying off and anti-Castroism is fastly fading among the new generation. Just check out the flights to Havana at MIA. Jam-packed everyday.

LizaWalton
LizaWalton

@alexdc although the sample is small, I think Cuban American no longer vote as one big block.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

 “If you’re not sure about whether to support Mitt Romney, whether you’re liberal, or whether you’re very conservative, you ought to be excited, because he’s been on your side at one time or another. So I’m not completely misunderstood. I’m not as excited as I am desperate. Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch-A-Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all over again.Mitt Romney’s losing at this point in a big way. If something’s going to come out, get it out in a hurry. I do not know why He changed his position on virtually everything. I’m a moderate Republican, that’s what I am, so I’d be inclined to support someone like Mitt Romney. “I believe most Americans want their next President to remind them of the guy they work with, not the guy who laid them off.”

FoxNewsFan
FoxNewsFan

@FrancoRipple @bmangh @barackobama @miaminewtimes WOW if this true Romney is toast in FL

HialeahsOWN
HialeahsOWN

@tonydiamondMIA @miaminewtimes it is cubans r known to be republicans

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

Funny how they don't state the % of party affiliation of those surveyed.

 

But it doesn't surprise me.  The media always like to say that Cubans are solidly republican than show how the left is turning them when in fact most Cuban-Americans are for big government and entitlements just like the rest of the moochers.

PochaccoYoly
PochaccoYoly

@MiamiNewTimes 45% - ARE THE OLD CUBANS; 55% THE NEW GENERATION LIKE ME!

alexdc
alexdc

@LizaWalton I was surprised by the results. I like the analysis of how Cubans have different political priorities than other Hispanics.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

 @Anthonyvop1 It costs U.S. taxpayers almost $10 million a year — more than $100 million since TV Martí began — to keep broadcasting TV Martí's anti-Castro invective into the ether.In order to provide aid to recently arrived Cuban immigrants, the United States Congress passed the Cuban Adjustment Act in 1966. The Cuban Refugee Program provided more than $1.3 billion of direct financial assistance. They also were eligible for public assistance, Medicare, free English courses, scholarships, and low-interest college loans. Some banks even pioneered loans for exiles who did not have collateral or credit but received help in getting a business loan. These loans enabled many Cuban Americans to secure funds and start up their own businesses. South Florida is known as the capital of Medicare fraud,

LizaWalton
LizaWalton

@alexdc we've been so blessed and lucky regarding immigration...which I think makes a difference.

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