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