In a poll conducted in thirty-two countries and with more than twenty-six thousand people, it was revealed that 81% of those who wished they could vote in a U.S. presidential election would vote for President Barack Obama.
What is the relevance of this?
Foreign policy and our place in the world. American media dominates the world–the same study revealed that “Sixty-three percent of those queried said the U.S. president has a high or very high impact on their lives while 29 percent discounted the impact and 9 percent said they were uncertain or didn’t know.” (UPI)
The United States has a population of just over 314 million people. Compared to the 7 billion found in the world, we have barely 4% of the world population, while having a high level of influence over much more than what resides inside of our borders. Militarily, technologically, and economically, the U.S. is recognized worldwide.
This gives us certain undeniable responsibilities. One of those is peacekeeping. Others are humanitarian. The fact is, we are not a world in ourselves. We are a nation. As such, the poison of rampant nationalism and egotistical ignorance of the needs of others that the GOP spreads is dangerous for us as a nation and as a player in world politics.
That is the relevance of international support of one presidential candidate or another, and why we should allow it to enter our thinking when casting our votes come November. With regard to the poll, the highest support for Obama came from Iceland, Netherlands, Portugal, Germany and Ireland. Romney’s support came from Israel, Pakistan, Georgia, Macedonia and China.
UPI has more:
If U.S. elections were a global affair, 63 percent said they would vote and 81 percent said they would support Obama, compared to 19 percent for Romney. Among U.S. voters, the two candidates are separated by only 3-5 percentage points, recent polls have indicated, giving Obama the edge.
“In 29 of the 32 countries polled, Obama’s rating for policies and competence is 55 percent and above, the lowest figure being in Pakistan,” the pollsters said. “In seven countries, the approval for his policies and competence is in the 90s, and in another nine it is in the 80s.”
Obama’s support was highest in Iceland (98 percent); Netherlands, Portugal, Germany (97 percent); Ireland, Denmark (96 percent); Switzerland, France, Finland (95 percent); Italy and Turkey (94 percent); Brazil (93 percent); Romania, Saudi Arabia (91 percent) and Australia (90 percent)
“Surprisingly, support for Romney fails to match Obama’s everywhere except Israel. The most notable is Pakistan, where despite Obama’s controversial handling of AfPak [Afghanistan and Pakistan] that has nosedived ties with Islamabad and where an overwhelming majority of citizens increasingly identify America as an archenemy, Obama leads 59 percent to 41 percent among those who would vote — although the actual numbers are 13 percent to 9 percent in Obama’s favor, as a majority of Pakistanis say either they don’t know or they would choose neither,” pollsters noted.
Mitt Romney’s lack of sound foreign policy experience must be taken into account when comparing the two candidates, and this poll is makes it more telling than ever.
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