Global Post asked more than 100 people in 20 countries about their views on the U.S. and which presidential candidate they wanted to win in the November election
The Global Post findings are not based upon any professional polling processes. They come from "on the street" interviews of the sort often seen on TV. At the time the poll was taken during the summer, Romney still was not officially nominated and many people interviewed did not know who he was. Since Obama has been president for some time, there was much better name recognition in his case.
The global community came out firmly in favor of Obama. 65% of those interviewed said they would vote for Obama, while only 18% favored Republican Mitt Romney. 17% were undecided or preferred neither candidate. Over half, 54%, said that their opinion of the U.S. had improved since Obama became president.
An actual poll, reported on by UPI on Sept. 12, and done by Gallup International and others, showed even stronger support for Obama. The poll surveyed more than 30 countries with a sample of more than 26,000. Obama had most support in Iceland, Netherlands, Portugal and Germany. Romney's best results were in Israel, Pakistan, Georgia, and surprise, surprise, China!
63% said that they would vote in the U.S. election if they could. Among that group 81% said they would support Obama and only 19% Romney. This compares with the U.S. where the votes are almost even.
In Iceland, Obama had a whopping 98% who would vote for him. In the Netherlands, Portugal and Germany, Obama had 97% support.. In seven countries support for Obama was over 90%.
Only in Israel did Romney do better than Obama with 65% support. In Pakistan, Romney had 41% support. Only 22% of Pakistanis would vote for either candidate.
Global Post's project found that many in Egypt were reluctant to speak out on issues. The interviewers found this surprising as they had been often quite willing to say what they thought of the Bush administration. The Global Post report has a list of all the countries in which they held interviews and links to what people interviewed had said.
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