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If the world could vote Obama would get a landslide victory

Nov 3rd, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Article, Features, Most Popular


Barack Obama shows a healthy lead over Mitt Romney in the American presidential race and in the popularity stakes worldwide. Contrary to the polls however,  statistics show that globally many have been disappointed with Obama’s first term.  

Fact tank website shows polls with more than 121,257 people interviewed in 24 nations which highlight the difference in opinion over Obama’s presidency from 2009-2012.

China is the most disappointed, with a 24% drop in confidence in Obama, followed by 13% in Mexico, 11% in Japan, 9% in Muslim countries and 1% in Russia.

Most surprising is the 6% drop overall in Europe, although other statistics say that the majority in Europe would re-elect Obama over Romney.

However, statistics by Transatlantic Trends, who interviewed 1000 people aged 18 and older in each respective country, show that Obama is the landslide globally in this election.

In Europe, by contrast, 82% said their opinion of Obama was favourable. Only 11% disapproved.

In France, backing for the incumbent president ran the highest in Europe at 93%, followed by Germany at 91%, and Sweden at 90%. The lowest was in Poland at 54%.

Turks’ feelings were comparably neutral at 50%, whereas only one-in-three Russians (36%) thought favourably of Obama.

France has taken a strong stance in advocating Obama, a stronger backing than any other place in the world, with BBC reporting 72% for Obama and 2% for Romney.

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has broken diplomatic protocol by openly admitting he hopes Obama will win the upcoming election.

“If I was an American citizen I wouldn’t hesitate to vote for Obama,” he told a radio interviewer last Wednesday.

Fellow Socialist and European Affairs Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said he would vote for the Democratic candidate if he could.

“I totally support it [Obama’s re-election] and I would be astonished if the government had any other wish.”

French President Francois Hollande was more elusive, simply saying: “Who would you think?” when asked in New York last month.

US foreign policy think tank the Council on Foreign Relations reports South Africa feels a “special relationship” with the Democratic Party as it was supportive through the anti-apartheid stage of Africa’s history.

South African scholar Moeletsi Mbeki says Obama’s continued commitment to democracy in Africa has made him “an ally to the majority of Africans”, who feel democracy is a step in the right direction to solving many of their problems.

In contrast, Mbeki says the Republicans “in terms of South Africa, don’t have a good record” and cites former president Ronald Reagan’s negative stance over sanctions during the apartheid regime.

If Africans could vote in the upcoming election, Mbeki believes Obama would win “by a landslide”.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has declared any favourable side, but looks to be leaning more to the Republicans, like the old Soviet Union leaders, the Washington Post reports.

Putin said he appreciates GOP, or the “Grand Old Party”, an old term for the Republican Party, presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s bluntness in his denunciations of Russia.

“That Mr Romney considers us enemy number one and apparently has bad feelings about Russia is a minus, but considering that he expresses himself bluntly, openly and clearly, means that he is an open and sincere man, which is a plus,” Putin said after a meeting with Serbia’s president.

“We will be oriented toward pluses, not minuses,” Putin said. “And I am actually very grateful to him for formulating his position in a straightforward manner.”

Romney’s statement earlier this year that Russia was “America’s number one geopolitical foe” led to the remark.

Putin has also praised Obama for his sincerity, but is still wary of a candidate like Romney being elected in the next four years, and then believes Russia would regret it if it had given in on the U.S. missile defence project.

While the race is close and the swing states crucial in America, globally Obama is dominating Romney in the 2012 election race.

Several global opinion polls show the majority of support lies heavily with Obama.

The BBC released an opinion poll last week that showed a majority of support in Europe for Obama, France in the lead with 72% for Obama and 2% for Romney, two-thirds of British and Germans supporting Obama, and Romney 7% and 8%.

Romney’s highest European support came from Poland, at 16%, which analysts say is because of Romney’s hard-liner stance on Russia.

In a somewhat limited poll by the Economist magazine, an online survey shows Obama winning by an average of 55% globally.

A poll released by CNN in early September interviewed more than 1000 registered and potential voters whether they were voting for their respective candidate, or purely against the rival.

Among registered voters Obama gets more moral support, with 28% saying they voted to prevent a Romney victory (69% said they voted because they agree with him) whereas 47% of Romney voters said they wanted to prevent an Obama victory (48% saying they agree with him).

However, Romney’s past business skills show up in the same poll: when questioned about who the registered voters think is more able to handle the Federal Deficit Budget, Romney goes ahead of Obama by 3%.

Australian broadsheet The Age reported an overwhelming 71% of Australians would vote for the Democrats’ Obama if they had the opportunity. Whereas 5% said they would vote for Romney and the Republicans.

65% of Australians also said they thought Obama would win, while 9% said Romney in a poll conducted by UMP research.

In Canada, Obama is also winning the popularity stakes by a large majority: voters prefer Obama by a margin of seven to one, according to a poll by Canadian Press-Harris Decima.

A Pew poll across 21 countries Agence-France Press in June showed that ”Obama would cruise to re-election in November if Europeans and Japanese could vote”.



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