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The world wants Obama as Prez

A worldwide poll suggests Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is more popular than Republican candidate John McCain. See figures. Amit Baruah examines...

world Updated: Jun 14, 2008 00:43 IST
Amit Baruah

If the rest of the world had a say in electing the American president, Democratic nominee Barack Obama would already be sitting in the White House, a new poll of 24,717 people across 27 countries suggests.

Obama, who is streets ahead of Republican candidate John McCain in Europe, also has Indians backing him. Of the Indians polled in the Washington-based Pew Global Research Centre survey, 33% have “more confidence” in Obama than in McCain (28%).

“McCain is rated lower than Obama in every country surveyed, except for the United States where his rating matches Obama’s, as well as in Jordan and Pakistan where few people have confidence in either candidate,” the Pew poll said.

The survey also finds that US foreign policy “will change for the better” after the inauguration of a new American president. “Majorities in only three countries – Tanzania, Nigeria, and India – say they have a lot or some confidence in Bush to do the right thing in world affairs.”

Previous Pew surveys have shown that opposition to US foreign policy, especially the war in Iraq, has dented America’s image across the world.

In India, however, 33% have a lot of confidence in Bush while another 22% have “some confidence” in the US President. Also, 66% of Indians had favourable views of the US in 2008 as opposed to 59% last year.

But the Indian love affair with the Clintons continues, it appears. Hillary is rated higher than Obama in India (58% to 33%), South Africa (57% to 36%) and Mexico (36% to 30%).