Poll finds Obama almost twice as popular in Cuba than in the U.S.
As he considers where to make his post-presidency home, Barack Obama might want to consider someplace where he is really popular. That would be Cuba:
A new Bendixen & Amandi Poll for Univision Noticias – Fusion in collaboration with The Washington Post shows that 89 percent of Cubans think the U.S. leader should swing by for a visit now that the two countries are trying to make nice. Obama also enjoys an 80 percent favorability rating on the communist-led island. The poll suggests that Obama is nearly twice as popular in Cuba as he is in the United States. Back home, where the U.S. president’s favorability rating is around 47 percent — the same as President Castro’s in Cuba.
Of course, Obama has recently taken steps that are seen as easing the lives of Cubans suffering under their Communist regime, which blames the American economic embargo for its inability to maintain the standard of living they enjoyed under dictator Fulgencio Batista. Assuming that poll respondents felt free to answer honestly (a major assumption), the poll shows fairly evenly divided opinions on both the regime and the USA:
I would like to point out to President Obama that in addition to a balmy climate, much like that of Hawaii, Cuba offers a daily spectacle of classic American cars from the 1950s. And there are no pesky Tea Partiers there to bother him. He can criticize Christianity to his heart’s content, as well.