If the rest of the world could vote on November 6, there would be no neck and neck race. Instead, President Barack Obama would win by a landslide.
That’s according to a new BBC survey, which found much higher global approval ratings for Barack Obama than for his Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The survey was conducted by GlobeScan/PIPA between July and September.
Recalling Romney’s trip to London last summer, where he was mocked by the Brits, this is not a surprise for the UK. President Obama, by contrast, was warmly received in London when he visited last year.
But it’s more than the UK: the survey polled 21,797 people in 21 different countries and found that an average of 50 percent favored President Obama, with 9 percent preferring his challenger, Mitt Romney. The remainder of those polled were either unsure or indifferent.
You can see the complete details of the survey by clicking here.
Top of the list of countries going for Obama was France, where 72 percent of respondents favored the President. Number two was Australia. Kenya was the country with the greatest support for Romney (just under 20 percent), followed by Poland.
Romney did better than Obama in just one country: respondents in Pakistan indicated that they would prefer to see Romney win on November 6. However, neither candidate gained more than 15 percent support from Pakistanis, probably because the disastrous effects of the drone campaign have brought relations with Pakistan to their lowest point in recent history.
As Asia Society explains:
The Obama administration, despite making serious efforts to enhance aid to Pakistan, continues to be unpopular in Pakistan due to its decision to dramatically expand the use of drone strikes inside Pakistani territory. In the final analysis, Obama’s image suffers most in Pakistan due to his inability to deliver on the “hope for change” he generated during 2008′s election campaign. At the time, many Pakistanis believed that Obama would reverse Bush’s foreign policy in the region after coming to power.
But even the anomaly of Pakistan’s choice of Romney is diminished on closer examination of the survey results: Romney only has a slight lead over Obama, and a sizeable number of Pakistanis chose simply not to respond to the question. Apparently they feel that the two candidates aren’t that far apart in terms of foreign policy. So whoever wins, they aren’t expecting any changes, at least not for the better.
Meanwhile, it’s too bad that the world can’t vote to ensure that landslide victory and a second term for President Obama.
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