A man with American flag sweatshirt walking through a street in Havana on Feb. 14, 2015.
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April 8, 2015 3:16 PM EDT

President Obama is overwhelmingly popular in Cuba, according to a new poll—so popular, in fact, that residents of the island nation give him almost double the approval ratings he gets back home.

The survey by Fusion and the Washington Post found that 80% of Cubans have a positive opinion of the American president. That’s compared to just 46% of Americans who approve of his performance as President, according to the latest Gallup survey.

Cubans were also far more likely to express a positive opinion of Obama than of their own leaders. Only 47% of Cubans have a positive opinion of their current president, Raul Castro, while 44% have a positive opinion of Fidel Castro, according to the survey.

The survey of 1,200 Cubans was conducted in mid-March shortly after the Obama Administration announced a historic thaw in relations with the Cuban government.

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