But THEY Don't Vote for OUR President,...
COLLEGE PARK, Md., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --- All 22 countries
in a BBC World Service poll would prefer Democratic nominee Barack Obama
elected US president instead of his Republican rival John McCain. Obama is
preferred by a four-to-one margin on average across the 22,000 people
The margin in favor of Obama ranges from just 9 percent in India to 82
percent in Kenya. On average 49 percent prefer Obama to 12 percent
preferring McCain. Nearly four in ten do not take a position.
The poll also explored the expected impact of the US election. In 17 of
the 22 countries surveyed the most common view is that, if Barack Obama is
elected president, America's relations with the rest of the world are
likely to improve. If John McCain is elected, the most common view in 19
countries is that relations will stay about the same.
On average 46 percent think that US relations with the world would
improve with Obama, 22 percent that relations would stay the same, and 7
percent that they would worsen. However only 20 percent think relations
would improve under McCain. The largest number -- 37 percent -- think
relations under a McCain presidency would stay the same and 16 percent
think they would worsen.
Despite the preference for an Obama victory in all countries,
significant proportions in several said they do not favor either candidate,
favor both equally or do not know which would be preferable.
Americans also believe an Obama presidency would improve US relations
with the world more than a McCain presidency, with 46 percent of Americans
expecting relations to be improved with Obama's election and 30 percent
The survey of 22,531 adults across 22 countries was conducted for the
BBC World Service by the international polling firm GlobeScan together with
the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the University of
Maryland. A parallel poll surveyed 1,000 US adult citizens. GlobeScan
coordinated fieldwork between July 8 and August 27, 2008.
GlobeScan Chairman Doug Miller comments, "Large numbers of people
around the world clearly like what Barack Obama represents."
"Given how negative America's international image is at present, it is
quite striking that only one in five think a McCain presidency would
improve on the Bush Administration's relations with the world."
For more information, visit http://www.WorldPublicOpinion.org.