Cubans don’t have much experience with primary elections on their communist-led island, but they aren’t too impressed with what they’re seeing in the United States — at least among the Republican pool of candidates.
“Trump is completely incoherent,” one Cuban man said.
“He’s an animal in clothes,” says another.
They might not think too highly of Donald Trump, but Cubans still seem to think he’s the best the Republicans can muster from their sad field of candidates. The possibility of a “third Bush” elicits moans, and Ted Cruz is an unknown.
The worst Republican candidate in the field, according to our man-in-the-street survey, appears to be Marco Rubio, a hardline Cuban-American who—as one Cuban man said— represents “the shadow of the counterrevolution.”
Whether the Cubans are reciting the party line or genuinely unimpressed with the GOP field, it doesn’t seem like any of Republican candidates would win any popularity contests on their island.
So who do Cubans like? A Bendixen and Amandi poll published in Fusion earlier this year shows that President Barack Obama has an 80% favorability rating in Cuba. So if he moves there, he could become president for life.
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