Europeans resoundingly back Obama over McCain

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Voters in five major European countries chose Barack Obama as their favourite candidate for the United States presidency in a poll.

30 May 2008

LONDON - Voters in five major European countries resoundingly chose Barack Obama as their favourite candidate for the United States presidency, a poll published Friday showed.

In the YouGov survey for the Daily Telegraph's website, 52 percent of respondents in Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Russia said they would vote for the Democratic front-runner if they could, against just 15 percent who said they would vote for Republican nominee John McCain.

The pair runs closest in Russia, where Obama leads by seven percentage points, though he holds a 61-point lead in Germany, while around 70 percent of Italian respondents said they would vote for him.

Some 42 percent also said Obama was better equipped to lead the global economy out of its current set of problems, compared to 22 percent who backed McCain.

Overall, just 27 percent of those questioned said they thought the United States was a "force for good" in the world, with 43 percent opting to describe it as a "force for evil" - only in Italy did more respondents choose the former than the latter.

Anti-American feeling was strongest in Russia among the five countries surveyed - some 16 percent said the United States was a "force for good", while 56 percent said it was a "force for evil".

YouGov questioned 6,256 people over the Internet between 23 and 29 May, including 2,241 in Britain, 1,005 in France, 1,001 in Russia, 1,004 in Italy and 1,005 in Germany.

[AFP / Expatica]

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