If the Rest of the World Elected the American President, Obama Would Win in a Landslide

Interesting poll results from a poll jointly conducted by GlobeScan and PIPA (Program on International Policy Attitudes), two international polling groups.

Turns out most of the world would like President Obama to win the election.

So, come on America! Be a good sport and make it happen! While Obama coming out on top in a poll like this is of no surprise, the margin of victory is breathtaking. Only in Pakistan does Obama fail to be overwhelmingly more popular than Romney. And let’s be honest: Obama was never going to be popular there after spending the last couple of years bombing the crap out of it.

To the numbers!

An average of 50% of foreigners favored Obama, with just 9% supporting Mitt Romney. Of the 21 countries covered, Pakistan favored Obama the least, with France polling a massive 72% preference for Obama. The poll surveyed 21,797 people in 21 different countries.

I could keep writing out the results of the poll, but the graphs make for much better viewing:

First, countries ranked by their support for Romney:

Next, countries ranked by their support for Obama:

(via the BBC)

About Mark Turner

Mark Turner was born and raised as a Catholic in the North East of England, UK. He attended two Catholic schools between the ages of five and sixteen. A product of a moderate Catholic upbringing and an early passion for science first resulted in religious apathy and by mid-teens outright disbelief.

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  • Sarah

    I wish the BBC article had more information about how the survey was conducted.

  • Jim Valentine

    What about Israel? Since they seem to be the ones calling the shots in the ME anyway, we just follow along.  I find it interesting that we have an entry for Pakistan but not Israel.  I mean, I get it, the sane and adult countries like Obama, as anyone with a shred of rationality would expect but the insane countries are either missing or obviously don’t like Obama but I doubt those countries would like anything at all about the US.  My criticism is that since all countries are not listed the results are skewed into a direction that favors one candidate over another. One could argue that they were picked to give the most desired result.

    • Renshia

       Yeah it’s a conspiracy. It’s always a fucking conspiracy.

      • 3lemenope

        Huh? Skepticism of the proposition that everything is as it appears is not exactly the same thing as alleging shadowy conspiracies manipulating everything.

      • Jim Valentine

         Wasn’t alluding to anything at all like that.  My interest is to see all of the middle eastern countries (Russian and African as well) up there, especially Israel. I’ve combed through the report and I didn’t see anything at all that referenced how the countries were chosen.  If there was anything insensitive in what I said it would have been my reference to the middle eastern countries as childish and insane.

    • Elijn

      I’ll have you know that Europa favours the left-wing party more. Because from a European view both Democrats and Republicans are extremely right-wing with the Democrats being less extreme.

  • CelticWhisper

    This election is going to suck any way you slice it.  The big two candidates are both out to screw people trying to exercise their rights – it’s just a question of what rights they’ll run roughshod over.  Obama seems to scorn folks exercising those rights described in the Constitution (assembly with Occupy, a whole slew of them at airports, to say nothing of drone usage and assassinations) while Romney is fairly sure to screw people trying to exercise those human rights which aren’t in the Constitution but should be (LGBT equality, reproductive freedom, the right to not be filthy stinking rich).

    I really want to be rid of Obama, but I do NOT want Mitt “Michael Chertoff is my BFF!” Romney to be his replacement.

    That said, I can understand where it’s coming from.  Obama is a domestic civil-rights disaster, but GWB was a disaster at home AND abroad, and it’s telling that Obama was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for, basically, not being George W. Bush.  I can see how the world would be wary of any candidate even remotely resembling GWB (even just his mere partisan affiliation is more than likely more than enough) taking office and perpetuating the Bush legacy.

    I suppose it’s too much to hope for that the rest of the world would say “none of the above.”  I understand it would be difficult for them to take note of Jill Stein or Gary Johnson with the disgusting amount of PR money thrown around by Republocrats, but it sure would be a boon to a lesser-known party’s publicity to have that kind of endorsement.  Doesn’t hurt that either one of them would be better for the US’ place in the global community than Obama or Romney would.

    • Jim Valentine

      It’s like I was saying the other day, “I don’t trust Obama and I can’t stand Romney.”  You know what I would like to see on the table some day?  A vote to disband both parties.

    • http://www.everydayintheparkwithgeorge.com/ Matt Eggler

      Be real. Romney would be just as guilty of all those rights violations you listed for Obama.

      • usclat

        Exactly. 

      • Stephen Rowley

         Romney would properly be worse

      • CelticWhisper

        All the more reason not to vote for him.  The probability of such a high number of abuses under Romney, coupled with the fact that we’ve already seen some of them happen under Obama, means there’s no way either of them is getting my vote.  Gary Johnson or bust.

        • J Myers

          Profoundly irrational, as my other comments on this thread explain.  If Romney wins narrowly and proceeds to make things worse, people like you will bear some responsibility for that.

          • CelticWhisper

            And yet I cannot, in good conscience, vote to perpetuate the Obama administration or to instate the Romney administration.

            Also, color me crazy, but wouldn’t the Romney voters bear the responsibility for electing Romney?  You can blame me if you want, but I will reject your recriminations.

            No candidate is entitled to anyone’s vote.  If Obama and Romney were the only candidates available, I would either write in another name or decline to vote for either of them, leave the POTUS field blank on my ballot, and just cast votes for other offices.

            I acknowledge that, in all likelihood, Obama or Romney will be elected POTUS.  To me, both of these are utterly unacceptable.  I do not want to bear the responsibility of having directly contributed to either one of them holding office.  If you claim (erroneously, in my opinion) that voting third-party is indirectly contributing to one or the other, then that is still preferable to having an Obomney presidency and bearing the guilt of having voted directly in favor of it.

            Also, I’ve been told by left-leaning people “Don’t vote third-party!  This election is too important!  Obama needs our help getting re-elected!”  I’ve been told by right-leaning people “Don’t vote third-party!  This election is too important!  We need to oust Obama and only Romney has a decent shot at doing it!”  Seems like it’s the only thing they can agree on – perpetuating the Republocrat duopoly.

            So if voting third-party scares or pisses off both of the big two parties, I’m quite happy to do it.

            • Michael Appleman

              Like it or not its how the system works. The election isn’t for showing support, its for electing a president. Voting third party only helps the greater of the two evils you don’t want to vote for. So really do YOURSELF a favor, and atleast vote for someone who has a chance to win, even if its the one you dislike the least. 

              Sure its not ideal, but be real, think of what the actual consequences of your vote are. Voting third party will have the same result in the election as not voting at all. So pick your poison and atleast make your mark before it kills you.

        • Gus Snarp

          I don’t know, maybe you’re a libertarian, but if you’re not, then why vote for the third party guy that’s to the right of the major parties? There are fourth and fifth and sixth parties out there. Have you considered Jill Stein?

          Really, I just don’t get the popularity of these Libertarians lately.

          • CelticWhisper

            Oh, yes, I’ve considered Jill Stein at length.  After seeing the debates between her and Johnson, and reading up on where they stand on a lot of the major issues, I learned that I agree with both of them on most things.  I prefer Stein’s economic and energy policies, and I prefer Johnson’s stance against gun control (as I’ve said elsewhere, not because I have a particular love of guns, but because I do have a particular love of rights), but what clinches it for me is that Johnson is the only candidate to have explicitly come out and said “If I am elected president, TSA abuses of travelers at airports will stop.”

            I’m in a position where nontrivial amounts of pressure are put on me to travel by air, and for more reasons than I really have time to go into right now, TSA interaction is an absolute deal-breaker for me.

            It’s not really a cause that’s been taken up by the secularist movement, aside from occasional musings about the irrationality of TSA procedures, but it’s my own hot-button issue and so I have to vote my conscience on it.

          • JAlanKatz

            How are you defining right and left?  In what way is Johnson to the right of the kill-list in chief?

  • Dfg52

    Ok, we get it, Romney sucks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Judith-Bandsma/1539649418 Judith Bandsma

    I’m surprised at Pakistan’s rating. Yes, Obama has been bombing the crap out of them. But Romney wants to wipe them off the map completely.

    • Jim Valentine

      But 75% of Pakistan have little to no interest at all in American politics.  The report does show that much.

  • http://chaoskeptic.blogspot.com Rev. Ouabache

    Wow. France really hates Romney.

    • girlgenius

      That isn’t really saying much. These days, the French really hate everyone.

      • Levon Mkrtchyan

        Though apparently not Obama.

      • A French guy

        Especially multi-millionnaires.

        I feel sorry for Obama. This is going to be used against him…

    • http://profiles.google.com/brotheratombombofmoderation Steve Caldwell

       Probably because the French still remember his time as a missionary in France.

  • starskeptic

    Figures that his home country of Kenya would score high…

  • jose

    Hey if you dun’ like America you can gittt out.

    (also, lol, we really hate Romney.)

  • http://slantrhyme.wordpress.com/ slantrhyme

    As an American ex-pat living in Australia, all my first hand and anecdotal evidence can honestly say that this country loves Obama and could probably get elected Prime Minister if the US turns its back on him. 

    • michael both

      That could be because Aussies are used to having to make the best out of two bad choices, which is why the current Australian PM is an atheist who cuddles up to the religious Right and isn’t a Catholic who will wind back the clock on abortion and other human rights issues. Also, Obama comes across as very intelligent and well-spoken – not something that could be said for the leaders of either major Australian political party.

  • girlgenius

    Then clearly, the rest of the world is OK with assassinating its citizens within its own borders, keeping a “kill list” of domestic troublemakers, treating pot smokers under the law like rapists, waging wars without Congressional approval, and overregulation to prevent people from making a living.

    Do let’s all praise the Flying Spaghetti Monster that the rest of the world isn’t eligible to vote in American elections. 

    • J Myers

      Preference for one candidate over the other does not necessarily entail support of the preferred candidate’s policies, only a belief that they would be, well, preferable to those of the other.  Barring some extremely strange set of circumstances, either Obama or Romney is going be president for the next four years (whether or not the rest of the world could vote in our election, which makes your  statement on that point rather odd).  The only rational course of action is to do what you can to ensure it’s the most acceptable (or least unacceptable) one.

      Out of curiosity, what is the “overregulation” you’re referring to?

      • JAlanKatz

         You know, if people would stop reciting this modern day catechism and actually do something about the problem, this simply wouldn’t be the case.  More than half of Americans don’t vote.  If those people simply went to the polls and voted for someone other than these “predestined 2″ the 2 party system would collapse.  You can’t make that happen, but you can have the courage to vote your conscience.

        • J Myers

          You know, if people would stop reciting this modern day catechism and actually do something about the problem, this simply wouldn’t be the case.

          Shorter:  “If this wasn’t the case, it wouldn’t be the case.”

          But it is the case, and rational people deal with reality.

          If those people simply went to the polls and voted for someone other than these “predestined 2″ the 2 party system would collapse.

          And if I get magical powers, I’ll cure cancer.  But I won’t be acquiring such powers, and people won’t go vote third-party en masse.  So…

          You can’t make that happen,

          …exactly.  And since it won’t happen, it’s pointless to talk about it as though it’s a plausible scenario.

           but you can have the courage to vote your conscience.

          Ironically, what you call “voting your conscience” is exactly what should not sit well with rational people who have consciences, because in reality (not in your ideal world which I agree would be better but never-the-less isn’t real), all you are doing is throwing away your vote and enabling others to determine the victor.  How “courage” figures into that is not at all clear.

          • JAlanKatz

            Nonsense.  Your vote doesn’t count regardless of how you slice it.  My vote is 1 vote.  No election in history has ever been decided by 1 vote.  If it were that close, it would be decided in court just like Bush/Gore. 

            You don’t get to decide what everyone else does with their votes, just what you do with your vote, which will not decide any outcome.  I choose to do with my vote what I wish others would do with theirs.

            • David Starner

               Nothing you do counts at that level. That doesn’t give us carte blanche to drive huge gas-inefficient cars, waste water, curse at cashiers, etc. Everything we do, including every vote we cast, is one building block in our world. Our block may not matter much, but if everyone convinces themself that their block, their vote, doesn’t matter, our world will suck.

        • Gus Snarp

          Right, but we KNOW what will happen in any given election, within a certain margin of error. Polling is pretty damn scientific, we know that Jill Stein, Rocky Anderson, and Gary Johnson will not receive enough votes to win and that the half of Americans who don’t vote will continue to not vote. By all means, do something about it, but voting third party when the polls show clearly that the third party will lose is not “doing something”. It’s about as useful as “liking” them on Facebook. If you live in a state that’s a foregone conclusion, by all means vote for the third party candidate. If you live in a swing state, then vote for the candidate who can win who is slightly better than the other. And frankly, on gay rights, women’s rights, and the economy, there’s a very real difference between Obama and Romney. A Romney presidency means you can kiss affordable health care goodbye. In all likelihood it means you can kiss legal abortion goodbye. Possibly marriage equality.

          So if those things matter less to you than voting your conscience, go ahead, vote your conscience.

          But doing something means organizing, informing, and getting third parties elected to Congress and state houses. Not casting a protest vote for President.

        • David Starner

          People who don’t vote don’t generally have a great interest in politics, so it’s unlikely that they’re going to get out and suddenly vote for someone that doesn’t get any air time. And the essence of the difference between the main two parties and the third parties is that the Democrats and Republicans are selling what the people want to hear. A successful third party would have to do the same; sell what people are buying.

          I don’t see courage in voting your conscience; I see irrationality. It’s been proven there’s no perfect ungamable voting system, and the one we have is very gamable, so the rational thing here like elsewhere is to act so that an outcome we prefer to the alternatives comes into play. If you think by voting Libertarian, you can increase the likelihood of a future influenced by the Libertarians coming into play and that that outweighs the impact your lack of real vote in this election will have, go ahead and vote  Libertarian. (Substitute Green Party if you will.) But realize you’re voting strategically just like someone who votes for Obama to maximize the odds of Obama coming into office instead of Romney, even if they’re not a fan of either of the two.

  • Aaron

    Any way you slice it, in just about every election, you have HALF of the country that doesn’t like the leader, no matter who it is. That’s a problem. 

    • Stephen Rowley

       Only a third of the uk voted for our current leader

  • http://www.processdiary.com Paul Caggegi

    Anyone else not surprised to see Kenya supporting their muslim ex-pat? Eh? Eh? *jokes*

  • MichaelD

    Honestly they’re both awful. If its the choice between stomach flue and cancer, stomach flue wins but its not something you want either.

  • Paul D.

    For some reason, this page tried redirecting me to some fake Facebook page.

  • Foster

    “If the Rest of the World Elected the American President, Obama Would Win in a Landslide”

    Lol, yeah, probably because the rest of the world doesn’t have to live in America.

    • Baby_Raptor

      I vastly prefer Obama’s America to Mittens’. At least Obama thinks I deserve bodily autonomy and the right to marry whoever I happen to fall in love with. 

  • HughInAz

    Considering what a huge impact the US has on the world (not least its exporting of such intellectual toxic waste as creationism and Aynrandism), it’s only fair that the rest of the world should have a say – especially when people refer to the US president as the “leader of the free world”.

  • Robster

    If Obama’s given the flick in November, send him down-under. Our economy is pretty good, the climate good too and he’d be a whole better than the ratbag mob running the show currently. And, he seems a really nice guy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Harrison/23417637 Michael Harrison

    My favorite country to see on that list is Germany. They’re the economically responsible ones, right? The country single-handedly holding the UN together, some would say. Certainly they’d side with the more responsible American party, which we all know is — oh.

    But to be less flippant, Germany’s support of Obama does make me giggle at conservative “budget hawks.”

  • Stephen Rowley

    Please don’t mess up over the other side of the pond and vote Romney in. I know Obama isn’t prefect by a long shot but the thought of Romney as your head of state is a very scary prospect.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gregm766 Gregory Marshall

    They love them some Romney in Pakistan though.

  • Greg1466

    Interesting that Israel is not on the list.  CNN had a similar thing.  Not an actual poll, but they placed open mikes in public places in various countries to get man-on-the-street feedback.  Of the sampling I listened too, Israel was the only country where I heard any support for Romney.

    Of course, for the wingnuts, this is just confirmation that Obama hates America and he should be defeated by any means necessary.

  • Will Chain

    To be honest, looking from outside it’s still very troubling that someone like Romney is even considered as a candidate. To me, the choice between Obama and Mitt is a no-brainer. And I don’t even like Obama, but the alternative have the potential to be much worse. It’s almost like the US population has short term memory, after all that happened during the Bush years they still want to give the Republicans a chance? Come on!

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