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Europeans Want Change In USA

  • November 3rd, 2008
  • Posted by EUEditor

mccain-obama-reduced.jpg“If European had a vote, Barack Obama would beat John McCain by a large margin”.

That comment from a Brussels-based online outlet, close to election eve in America, was a standard outcome of polling in the EU and further afield.

Senator Obama, said EUObserver, enjoyed more popularity “due to the fact that he represents a more evident contract to the politics of the outgoing President, Republican George W. Bush. Mr Bush’s eight-year-long term has been marked by a unilateral decision to invade Iraq – something that his reputation has never recovered from, even though he later reached out to consult Europe on issues such as Iran.”

Polls of the last few weeks have added concern about the financial crisis, associating that with wild capitalist economics and the Bush administration in America, in particular.

US POLLS MUCH TIGHTER

Polls in the United States after the final weekend of campaigning had the democratic candidate on average leading by over 7% nationally, with 353 out of the 538 Electoral College votes looking secure.

In most states where voting was at all marginal, he was getting the same vote as the last Democratic contestant, John Kerry in 2004, while the Republican vote was down, with many voters uncommitted.

The Republicans’ Senator John McCain looked to have run out of time in his drive to rally the party faithful, to get them back on voting day (4.11.08 in America),

CLEAR LINES OF OPINION

The soundings in Europe, including those being quoted by American sources, many on the conservative side of politics, were all but unanimous:

“This spring, a survey by the Pew Global Attitudes Project 2008 of 24,000 people in 24 nations found Obama is the preferred candidate — in some places by overwhelming margins “, reported the military paper Stars and Stripes.

“In Germany for instance, 82 percent of those surveyed expressed confidence in Obama, with 33 percent in McCain, the report states.

“The gap between the two candidates was slightly less pronounced in Britain, although it was still a staggering 30 percentage points — 74 percent have confidence in Obama, 44 percent in McCain, researchers wrote.

“The Pew Global Attitudes Project survey, which generated several reports, has not collected new data following the several months of post-survey campaigning.”

“By significant margins, Europeans have high hopes for a potential Obama administration, according to a Transatlantic Trends poll of 12 European countries”, Politico.com reported.

”Forty-seven percent of Europeans believe an Obama victory in November would lead to a better relationship between the United States and Europe, versus just 5 percent who think Obama would weaken the trans-Atlantic relationship.

”By comparison, only 11 percent think Sen. John McCain would strengthen European-American relations if he were elected president. More than half of respondents said a McCain administration would keep relations between the United States and Europe in roughly the condition they are now.

”The poll, commissioned by the German Marshall Fund and conducted by the firm TNS Opinion from June 4-28, queried at least a thousand respondents in each of a dozen countries, including Germany, France, Poland, Slovakia and Turkey.”

Reference:

Alexander Burns, “Poll: US Europe relations need Obama”, 10.9.08, politico.com, (3.11.08)

Stars and Stripes, “Europe pays close watch to election”, 2.11.08. www.stripes.com, (3.11.08)

EUObserver, “EU awaits new US President in time of crisis”, 3.11.08. www.euobserver.com, (3.11.08)

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