In Online Poll, the World (Except for China) Votes Obama

Romney, who once referred to the Chinese as cheaters, has an unlikely foreign ally, according to an MSN reader survey

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney holds a rally at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., on Nov. 5, 2012, the day before the election

Most of the world — 81% — would vote for Barack Obama, according to a new MSN poll, which surveyed 570,000 people in 36 countries.

But perhaps the most surprising result is that Mitt Romney might have an unlikely international ally: the People’s Republic of China. Fifty-two percent of the online readers polled by MSN there preferred the Republican presidential candidate, even after he accused China of being a nation of cheats and of stealing intellectual property.

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He Wang, an MSN commentator based in China, said she thought China backed Romney because the Chinese are more able to relate to the businessman and called Obama “too idealistic.”

However, even in the Middle East, where American foreign policy is often criticized, Obama garnered 79% support in the poll.

And given Romney’s controversial trip to Europe, which Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson dubbed gaffepalooza, it is not shocking that Europeans overwhelmingly threw their support behind the incumbent.

Another poll, released by market-research agency YouGov, also found that Obama had an overwhelming advantage if Europeans were able to vote in the U.S. election.

Joe Twyman, YouGov’s director of political and social research, said that while Americans may not care about how the rest of the world would vote, popularity abroad plays into every presidency.

“Obviously, both candidates’ top priority is to win over the American public, but every modern President must also show that they can be an effective operator in the international arena,” he said.

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29 comments
BjLincoln
BjLincoln

China likes Romney because he makes them money and jobs.

breindrein
breindrein

I'm thinking they would vote Romney because he is easier to screw with.

DavidYu
DavidYu

There is another report saying that in Japan and China Obama has more 80% support. Who is right?

SkyMKinley
SkyMKinley

Isn't it a good thing the rest of the world loves the United States of America and is sooooo proud of this nation for handing over billions of United States tax payer dollars to fund such wonderful sentiments and well wishes for the continued looting and pillaging by the most incompetent President ever. 

Romney/Ryan 2012! Thank you America.

JimWilleford1
JimWilleford1

BUT OF COURSE CHINA DID, AS DID PAKISTAN.IN PAKISTAN, DUE TO HIS BIGOTRY AND RELIGIOUS POSITIONS AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS.IN CHINA, BECAUSE OF THE MILLIONS OF AMERICAN OBS HE HAS SENT THERE.

safrikaan
safrikaan

Lets be honest here. China are not really known for picking good reliable leaders. They choose 50 different shades of Mao. 

BeanCube
BeanCube

The authors of this article are all using anti-psychology. It is all those hard liner dictators overseas love coercive Zionists, US Chamber of Commerce, and Republican. Businessman or not is irrelevant. Crisis creators are Wall St international corporation establishment who love to hire authors like those who can manipulate surveys and write article like this to hijack US - China relationships. Both US and China are currency manipulators. It is just that Wall St tycoons who are heavily investing in China have the upper hands now. The US Chamber of Commerce are coercive Zionists. They don't see US jobs and our modern infrastructures any of their obligation. They are entitled to use them but they have insider connection to avoid to pay a dime for them. It is the workers' and the customers' of the local population's obligations, not theirs. If they ruin anything, they determine it is the workers and the customers who should pay for them and pay for their executive bonuses. It is absolute no jail time for these Wall St insider elites no matter what. It is their religious of power and money, they name laws for the rest of the people but they don't need to follow any of their languages created laws for their monopoly competition edges.

DuaneNeal
DuaneNeal

I do feel like our family is better off than it was was four years ago, but our blessings are not purely from the government, nor do I consider that mantra a litmus test for voting for either candidate because I don't believe my future is dictated by my present condition.Every politician spin facts, but bad ones spin voters. Mitt Romney has varied his stance on issues from foreign policy, abortion, health care reform, and the list goes on. Inconsistency makes his leadership uncertain. The only thing certain about Romney is that he will push for a business friendly environment, but I'm not convinced he would safeguard the average American from getting steamrolled in that environment - that is what a public servant must do. I don't want to be stuck with empty promises that were "elegantly stated" because he discounts any percentage of the American public when the cameras are off. With a consistent President at least I know what to expect so I can invest my time and money wisely. I recently re-read President Obama’s National Security Strategy written 3 years ago, and it could have been written 3 days ago – that’s the kind of steady leadership I want in a President.

FabienL'Amour
FabienL'Amour

How did they poll in China?  I thought the internet and electronic communications were monitored and censored by the government out there???

Southpaw1968
Southpaw1968

China likes Romney because he would never give them grief on their Human Rights violations.......Romney's in favor of treating people here poorly, so why would he care about elsewhere!  The rest of the world respect Obama and know he can be trusted on his word & by his actions...

dregstudios1
dregstudios1

The racism of yesteryear has come full circle in our county. The entire world embraced our choice of a black President four years ago and most nations still support him. The fringe elements of bigotry have crept through into the mainstream once again with conservative mouthpieces planting the seeds of hate. The only doubt lies here at home rooting from bigotry. Watch the white hands paint Obama in Blackface at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/10/bamboozling-obama.html

rorywong654
rorywong654

Chinese vote for Romney instead of Obama because Obama had the chance to lower the unemployment in the US and also can improve the finance situation around the world by cooperated with China since both economy is inseparable.By some reason Obama chose for confrontation instead of cooperation .

EPICJOJO
EPICJOJO

Chinese are largely hate or skeptical of socialism, which had turned the country up-side down until Deng Xiao-ping's openness policy. 

Buddy
Buddy

I'd rather have China's economy than Europe's.

eabarth
eabarth

What is this international arena? Does it have walls? Are there yard markings and endzones? Is a tetherball involved?

HalfFast
HalfFast

China chooses Romney - because he's given them a lot of jobs over the years and will give them more. 

cperry
cperry

China chooses Romney....because he's in their best business interests...Big shocker there

MichaelGill
MichaelGill

True here in Germany. Not a Republican to be found.

eabarth
eabarth

@rorywong654 Apparently you haven't read anything about what Romney's been saying about China. He thinks Obama is soft on China and is going to "label China a currency manipulator on day one." He's been saying for months that China is a huge cheater in the world economy and needs to be forced to play by the rules. Romney is going to be very harsh on China is elected. I guess it's a good thing your votes don't count, because you obviously don't know what you're talking about.

nonetaken
nonetaken

@rorywong654 news flash...unemployment is lower and the financial situation around the world is not subject to Obama. Funny how your side wants to accuse him of confrontation & appeasement simultaneously...can you explain that?