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U.S. Election: International Polls Indicate World Would Vote For Obama

9:42 am - 11/05/2012

If the world could vote for a U.S. president this week, the outcome would be less than a thriller. Several polls indicate the overwhelming majority of people outside of the U.S. would vote for Barack Obama if they had the chance.

According to a 21-nation poll conducted by GlobeScan/PIPA for the BBC World Service, an average of 50 percent of people surveyed abroad favor Obama. Only 9 percent of those polled prefer Romney, and in 20 out of 21 countries voters would chose Obama.

GlobeScan Director of Global Insights Sam Mountford explains:

"While the presidential race in America looks like it's going down to the wire, global public opinion appears to be firmly behind Barack Obama’s re-election — even if two in five express no preference between the two candidates."

According to the survey, two-thirds of Canadians would vote for Obama instead of Romney, a percentage consistent with a recent Angus Reid survey that indicated 72 percent of Canadians favor the current president over his Republican challenger.

If Europeans could cast their ballot, they would overwhelmingly vote Romney out of the picture. Europe is Obama's terrain, and France is the president's strongest backer. Seventy-two percent of the French polled by GlobeScan want to see Obama re-elected. Only 2 percent would vote for Romney.

In Africa, too, Obama would be headed for a clear win, the survey says. Yet markedly, the president has lost support in Kenya, where his ratings drop 21 points.

Pakistan is the only country in the survey that prefers a Romney presidency. Fourteen percent of polled Pakistanis would vote Republican, against 11 percent Democrat. Seventy-five percent of Pakistanis do not favor either candidate.

A September survey by Win-Gallup International indicated similarly that the world favors a second Obama administration. That poll gave 18 percent of global support to Mitt Romney, while Obama won the global vote with 81 percent. "A global straw poll among over 26,000 men and women in over 30 countries shows that if an election was held this week, Obama will face tough competition from his republican challenger, Mitt Romney at home but will win a landslide in the rest of the world," the study concluded in September. According to that survey, Obama found his strongest supporters in the Netherlands, Portugal, Ireland and Iceland, while Romney was most supported in Pakistan, Georgia, Israel, Macedonia and China.

Israel was not polled in the GlobalScan study, but a survey by the University of Tel Aviv found that Israelis prefer Romney by a 3 to 1 margin.

A recent study by the Russian Public Opinion Center concluded that 42 percent of Russians favor Obama, while only 4 percent believe Romney should be the next U.S. president. According to the Wall Street Journal, most Russian Obama supporters come from the country's large cities and its socialist and communist parties. Yet the Journal notes: "In the end, most Russians are not deeply engaged in the U.S. presidential politics, as only 40% of those who responded said they knew the election was being held this year."

Foreign Policy's Uri Friedman summarized the overall landscape for the two candidates abroad: "It appears that, with some exceptions, Israel is Romney country and Northern and Western Europe is Obama country, with a skeptical rest of the world in the middle. As for Pakistan? Perhaps they'll flock to Ron Paul."

By Eline Gordts. Posted: 11/05/2012 7:49 am EST Updated: 11/05/2012 7:49 am EST

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brucelynn 5th-Nov-2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
Well Duh!

You guys ..... I am gonna need to hold ya'lls hands tommorrow

blueboatdreams 5th-Nov-2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
My hand is there for you.
the_physicist 5th-Nov-2012 07:47 pm (UTC)
i think we already had a post on this? *unsure*

*googles who ron paul is*

Paul has been characterized as the "intellectual godfather" of the Tea Party movement

Yeah, I'm sure that's who Pakistan support :/ . Obama not being liked would not have anything to do with drone strikes, noooo... it's not like a huge majority want Romney. they just don't think it will matter to them who the president is.
keestone 5th-Nov-2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure I remember a previous post on this, complete with discussion of Pakistan's result.
mysticlady3 5th-Nov-2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
I was talking about this with a friend who lives in NZ. Most people there would vote Obama, including her. I asked her if I can move there with her if it goes to Romney and she said of course.
squeeful 5th-Nov-2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
I've sent in my ballot and I think I'm going to hide in my room watching Marvel movies all of tomorrow. I can't deal with watching the live feeds and I'm so, so scared. Do I make it through the week with a leader who thinks I am a human being or not?
aviv 5th-Nov-2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
Booo, they didn't survey Latin America. PFFFFFFFFFFF
layweed 5th-Nov-2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
in b4 someone says all the bad bad men are in favor of Obama like they did with the last post. *rmfe*
beetlebums 5th-Nov-2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
That post was a hotmess.com
shadowwolf1321 5th-Nov-2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
America will be a laughing stock if Romney wins.

I think I'm going to watch Disney movies all tomorrow until the results. I'm either going to cry myself to sleep Tuesday night or drink in celebration.
hammersxstrings 5th-Nov-2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
i'm going to marathon parks and rec and buy a huge bottle of wine and check twitter sparingly...and orobably here. then watch the live Daily Show that night to either celebrate or mourn accordingly
ljs_lj 5th-Nov-2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
I teach English in one of the younger EU countries and I've been doing a lesson on the election for my high school students. I try to be as neutral as possible when presenting the candidates and their views and at the end of the lesson the students vote. So far Obama wins with 54% and the runner up is Jill Stein with 33%. Romney has about 6% and Gary Johnson 1%. (Those are the four candidates they could choose from.) There have been a few write-ins, but they are all about 1% as well. There's one more class to be polled later this week.
evil_laugher 5th-Nov-2012 10:52 pm (UTC)
Haha, these kids are awesome. I love how well Jill Stein did.
hammersxstrings 5th-Nov-2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
somehow, I don't think the people voting for Romney really care what other countries think about this election because AMUURRICA
quixotic_coffee 5th-Nov-2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
If anything it feeds their persecution complex.
mentalguru 5th-Nov-2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
Well yeah. Obama is actually charming to many people in many countries. Plus honestly the optimism of the last election actually was something other countries were also swept up in. After the bush years it felt like people could...well, like America again.

Romney comes across as a twit or someone who literally does not care about anyone not like him- which includes people in other countries. He makes bush look better- I mean in terms of charm Obama still has him beat but at least he HAD some! Bush comes across as a bit dense but not necessarily all that malicious (in terms of demeanor). Romney comes across as the condescending dick who really knows nothing at all and he has a face you just want to punch because of that. Heck, amusingly I remember reading a paper which pretty much thanked Romney for insulting the London Olympics because that meant people grew more enthusiastic about it- probably to spite this damn smarmy posh American who thinks he's so great.

Of course it doesn't really mean anything in the end though. I mean personally I don't expect Americans to think of the rest of the world that much when voting their candidates and they shouldn't, they should think about what is best for their own country and people- which includes of course minorities even when you're not one yourself. Romney would however from what we've seen, lets face it, be awful domestically speaking it seems. It's not really a case of having a great president while the rest of the world laughs- he really would be awful and it would be terrible if the most vulnerable of American people had to suffer under him.
kishmet 6th-Nov-2012 12:56 am (UTC)
I mean personally I don't expect Americans to think of the rest of the world that much when voting their candidates and they shouldn't

Idk - the thing for me is that a lot of US voters don't even consider why the rest of the world supports Obama (and dislikes Romney) so strongly. Voters here shouldn't be forced to make their choice on that basis but it'd kinda make sense if more Americans would look at these numbers and go "Hmm, I wonder why everyone else thinks Romney's such a fool"
weekendoffender 5th-Nov-2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
Even the most sexist, racist Aussie bogans I know are all "lolol fuck Romney!".

Seriously, I just don't understand how he's so popular in the US. It boggles the mind.
layweed 5th-Nov-2012 11:29 pm (UTC)
Because even the most "racist Aussie bogan" you can think of is next to nothing compared to the type of racist piece of shit Americans who can and will vote for Romney.

America #1 in everything! Even stupidity and backwardness!

Edited at 2012-11-05 11:30 pm (UTC)
the_gabih 5th-Nov-2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
My mother's pretty conservative by UK standards, but yesterday evening she came in and announced to the whole family that we should be praying hard over the next day or two for people not to be duped by Romney, as even she's terrified of what would happen should he get in.
layweed 5th-Nov-2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
Isn't "conservative by UK standards" still pretty liberal with regards to American politics though?
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moonbladem 6th-Nov-2012 12:51 am (UTC)
I'll probably try to calm my election nerves by playing with this:

Bustin' moves with Obama

Keep clicking... there are tons of moves!

Edited at 2012-11-06 12:56 am (UTC)
adman Yes I am a Canadian living in the USA 6 months a year.6th-Nov-2012 01:15 am (UTC)
I don't know any Canadian who would vote for Mitt. We have our own right wing nut job named Stephen Harper as prime minster right now and he has systematically destroyed 30 years of good done by previous middle of the road governments in 4 or 5 years and still has 2 or 3 left to do more damage. Another good reason for fixed election dates instead of the government being able to call an election when ever they want or don't want if they know they would never be re-elected.

I would imagine Romney and his 1% gang of thieves will be able to destroy the USA economy and life style in less than a year.

Between the two of them it's a race to the bottom.
tabaqui 6th-Nov-2012 03:12 am (UTC)
And yet, the right-winger-teabaggers keep insisting that the world hates us *more* and that Obama has destroyed our credibility....
masakochan 6th-Nov-2012 04:11 am (UTC)
Yup. Any time I've brought Romney's Europe 'Tour of FAIL' - my parents start up with "WELL THERE ARE SEVERAL COUNTRIES THAT CAN'T STAND OBAMA EITHER!!!11!"

And I'm just going "Ummm... Obama's record is not my point. :|"
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