While a lot of political reporters have been focusing on the swing-voting Cuban-Americans of South Florida, NBC News decided to go one further… and ask actual Cubans about the U.S. Presidential race!
Turns out they're not exactly swing-voters.
Hands-down, the average Cuban prefers Obama to McCain – believing that he is the more likely candidate to loosen trade and travel restrictions while engaging the Cuban government.
In our own informal NBC News survey of 100 people in downtown Havana, 63 said they preferred Obama to McCain, two preferred McCain, 13 had no preference and 22 declined to answer.
Yikes! So that's 63% to 2%. Makes even the poll numbers in Vermont look tight.
The average Cuban seems to be more enthusiastic about Obama than is their leader, Fidel Castro, who endorsed the Democrat for the presidency back in May, but only because he was "the most-advanced candidate."
John McCain shouldn't be too worried about these developments. First of all, citizens of Cuba aren't allowed to vote in U.S. elections.
Secondly, they love him in Albania!
Tags: Barack Obama, Cuba, Florida, John McCain