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Four out of five Brits sure of Obama's win

world Updated: Nov 03, 2008 23:48 IST
Vijay Dutt

Britain is all ready to party with a large number of expat Democrats and Republicans in the country where participants will watch the results of the US Presidential election roll in. The interest generated by Barak Obama and the expectation of a Black President has led to an unprecedented number of parties being thrown this time.

The US Embassy in Grosevenor Square will be hosting an exclusive event to which 1500 guests including ministers, academics, celebrities and journalists have been invited. The party has been co-hosted by Democrats Abroad and Republicans Abroad. The eateries are being supplied, no wonder, by Burger King and Subway. The invitees would also be treated to live music and there will be cheerleaders to pre-empt stress setting in.

Branches of Democrats Abroad and Republicans Abroad are also holding parties across the country. CNN is holding an election night at its London offices from 7am to 3am. Not to be outdone a number of upmarket bars and pubs in London are in the party mode too. The biggest do is at Yates's Wine Lodge in Leicester Square, for which tickets cost £35. In Kensington's Hoop and Toy an Obamawatch results party has been arranged, with live broadcasts on three floors.

It is presumed here that Barack Obama would be declared world leader on November 4. Four out of five British people want Barack Obama to win the race for the White House, a Sunday Mirror/ICM poll revealed. And they believe the man who looks certain to be America's first black president will make the world a safer place than John McCain.

Of those quizzed, 66 per cent said they would back Democrat Obama against just 15 per cent supporting his Republican rival. But once undecided voters are excluded from the results, 81 per cent back Obama with 19 per cent supporting McCain.

"Our poll reveals UK voters believe the risk of future wars and other global threats will be reduced if Obama becomes leader of the free world," said Sunday Mirror. Almost 36 per cent said the world would be more dangerous under McCain, with just 25 per cent believing it would be safer.

"The astonishing rise of former Chicago lawyer Obama raised the possibility of Britain's first black PM, according to our poll. Four out of 10 people think Britain will have its first black PM within a decade, although 15 per cent think it will never happen."