Skip to comments.Obama would win a worldwide vote — by a landslide (Global Survey: Obama- 65% Romney- 18%
Posted on 10/11/2012 2:48:53 PM PDT by NYer
BOSTON, Mass. — Stop the drone attacks. Be tougher on terror. Help immigrants. Boost trade. Fix your economy, and help us fix ours while you’re at it. The world has plenty of gripes with the United States.
And they cover a lot of ground. How US policies play out overseas has been shaping countries’ trajectories for generations, much to the international community’s chagrin or delight.
Foreign affairs might not be the focus for most US voters, who tend to worry more about the economy and hospital bills. But talk to people on the street from Havana to Hong Kong and you’ll get an earful on how Washington should do less or more to influence their lives.
GlobalPost tapped into its extensive network of foreign correspondents, asking more than 100 people in 20 countries for their views on the United States and who they want to win the November election.
The hodgepodge of results culminate in the present project, “The US election: What if the world could vote?”
We found that the global community is no swing state. It’s firmly pro-Barack Obama: 65 percent of interviewees said they’d vote to re-elect him, while 18 percent favored Republican Mitt Romney (the remaining 17 percent was undecided or preferred neither candidate). Some 54 percent said their opinion of the US has improved with Obama in the White House.
Journalistic, not scientific
The findings are based on "on-the-street" interviews conducted over the summer, a time when Romney’s candidacy was still officially “presumptive.” More than half of the interviewees didn’t know who he was. And some struggled to pronounce his name.
“What? Mitchrom? … never heard of him,” a 36-year-old South African stationary shop attendant said.
“Romali? He's Indian guy, na?” said a 26-year-old digital marketing executive in New Delhi.
Those were replies to the first of a set of questions asked to each interviewee: Have you heard of Mitt Romney? Do you know who’s running for president of the United States? Whom would you vote for and why? Will the 2012 US election affect your country? What’s the most important thing the next president should do? Has your opinion of the US improved or worsened since Barack Obama took office?
More from GlobalPost: Dear Mr. President — give the next commander in chief a piece of your mind
The reporting was not anonymous. It uses names and faces, ages and occupations. The correspondents held real discussions with their subjects and photographed them. The assignment also called for the interviews to focus on as diverse a group as possible.
This all makes the project different from opinion polling. This exercise was journalistic, not scientific.
Foreign affairs may trail behind economics on the US electorate's worry list. But that doesn't mean it's unimportant. Now, thanks to flare-ups last month in the Middle East, foreign policy took a shocking leap to prominence in the 2012 US election race. Ordinary voices from abroad could resonate even more today in a country struggling to understand the world outside it.
Read Highway 2012: Foreign policy finally front and center
In GlobalPost's world vote project, the people on the street were not always forthcoming. GlobalPost's Erin Cunningham was struck by Egyptians' reluctance to speak their minds or allow their photos taken.
"It was surprisingly difficult to coax Egyptians into talking about US politics — surprising because Egyptians are not known for holding back their opinions," she said.
"When I lived in Cairo in 2006, at the height of the Iraq War, almost every Egyptian I encountered had something to say about Bush, the war, and American imperialism," she added. "When conducting these interviews, most of the Egyptians I interviewed were quite detached from trends in US politics."
Four out of five Egyptians she interviewed picked Obama. One, an undecided, said whoever the next president is, "He should relieve the Palestinians of the occupation and their bad situation."
The claim that Obama would handily win a race against Romney outside the US is supported by other respected surveys. In September, a Gallup International poll gave a world race to Obama in a landslide — 81 percent.
They don’t have to live under this clown. We do.
And the people still yearning to get here??? There would be no "here" to get to anymore.
You morons can’t even poll in a State like Wisconsin and you want us to believe that you polled the world and can accurately claim anything?! Like I said... MORONS!
Of course they would vote for him. He’s doing a hellf a job destroying a country they hate. It’s not rocket science folks...: )
how many of you know who is the head of the Labour opposition in the UK?
Or the leader of the opposition party in India or Poland or South Africa?
For that matter, how many know who the leaders of these countries (besides the UK of course :) is?
This article blows when it uses a South African stationary shop attendant or digital marketing executive (aka a salesman)
These people are bothered with their own lives, their own country and may or may not even know who their own politicians are
Obama, or indeed any incumbent US President would have more recall than an opposing candidate.
The "world" is just saying "ok, we've heard of this Obama guy. We don't know anything about him, but ok, we "choose" the guy we know"
If I turn it around and ask the pollster, say of Poland
Have you heard of Kaczynski? Do you know whos running for president of Poland? Whom would you vote for and why? Will the 2015 Polish election affect your country? Whats the most important thing the next president should do? Has your opinion of Poland improved or worsened since Tusk took office? -- it's silly.
btw -- I know Jacob Zuma is President of South Africa because he's in the news, but I can't name any other current politician in that country - I'm sure there are smarter and more well-informed freepers out there, but I'm also certain that the majority wouldn't know the opposition in S.A. either
This MSM "poll" is just to give Obama talking points "oh, look, his foreign policy does not suck" instead of pointing out "people outside the US have heard of the current PResident of the USA"
If the same poll was taken in 2004, the "world" would have chosen Bush, in 1996 "Clinton", in 1992 "Bush" etc. etc.
This is one area in which I disagree with Founding Father Jefferson. As stated in the Declaration of Independence, he had a “a decent respect to the opinions of mankind”. cynwoody has nothing but contempt for same.
This is America. Who cares what the world thinks?
BO can go be president of somewhere else if the rest of the world loves him so much. We need an American president.
Good point. They’ve heard of Obama, but they might not have heard of Romney. On the other hand, I argue with a$$hats from foreign countries all the time, and most of them are Liberal nitwits by our standards. I have little doubt that if they KNEW Romney, they would STILL be supporting the socialist candidate.
Then we can lock the nutball up in an institution.
the rest of the world has heard that there is an Obama who is President. Mitt has no name recall outside the US — that’s natural. This is a stupid “poll”
When Bill Clinton stepped down, the french wanted him to be their president. Earlier this year, Bill gave it a second thought.
Perhaps the French would like Obama!
We saw and read the same bs when the world wanted John “Cary” and Al Gorebull Warming for president.
More reasons not to allow illegals to vote in our elections.
Obama got all the important endorsements, like Ahmadinejad.
Romney’s speak softly, but carry a big stick, idea of foreign policy, is necessarily not popular with other countries.
“Romneys speak softly, but carry a big stick, idea of foreign policy, is necessarily not popular with other countries.”
They know that Romney will not only cut off Bird Bird’s flow of our tax dollars, he will do the same to any country not supporting us.
Without our foriegn aid, many of those countries wanting to vote for Obozo will be in terrible financial problems.
He’d be the perfect anti-Christ global government leader.
The people in the world are stupid if they can’t realize that the USA was created to be exceptional and independent of their views. Yet they seem to want to come from all over the world and fill the Land with the likes of Obama. Perhaps it is more or even something different about/in these people’s life that they believe/feel as they do. I suspect Islam means more to many of them than anything like our Constitution..
We fought a long violent war for independence.
We’d do it again.
I just picture Obama standing on the bow of Titanic yelling “ I’m King of the World.