Foreigners Split Similarly To American Voters

Presidential elections always seem to draw big attention from foreigners outside the United States, as evident from the users of this website, and they seem to be equally as split over the candidates as do American citizens.

The Wall Street Journal has the information on this story:

For America’s presidential candidates, the global electoral map is looking as divided as the domestic one.

When foreigners look at the three contenders, Sen. Barack Obama seems to have the lead among Europeans and Africans. Sen. Hillary Clinton is popular among Mexicans and Chinese. Sen. John McCain just returned from a campaign swing through the Middle East and Europe.

U.S. presidential contests often attract interest from foreign countries. The world’s sole superpower has such an impact on the globe that, as a Belgian newspaper recently suggested, the rest of the world may feel it should be allowed to vote, too.

This time around, all three candidates have made restoring America’s stature abroad a key part of their foreign-policy platforms, making overseas opinions of the U.S. of greater interest to American voters. And the fact that Sen. Obama — a man with African and Muslim roots and an Arabic middle name, Hussein — could become U.S. president has created buzz around the world. In Germany, the title of a recent book, “Obama: the Black Kennedy,” echoes frequent newspaper headlines comparing Sen. Obama with Germany’s favorite former U.S. president. In Kenya, the homeland of Sen. Obama’s father, people order the local beer, Senator, by asking for an “Obama.”

As in the U.S., however, some people elsewhere harbor doubts about both Sen. Obama’s experience and his policies. In China and Mexico, two countries with economies that rely on exports to the U.S., people fret over the senator’s antitrade rhetoric and largely back Sen. Clinton on the assumption she will follow her husband’s free-trade agenda.

Here’s the little map they drew up between Obama and Clinton worldwide:

McCain has appeal in some areas as well apparantly being seen as a “adversary” to President Bush.

  • Stalin

    I have friends who are going to vote for Obama because they want people to like us. That is pathetic.

  • Michelle

    I think you should vote for Obama for the right reasons. I do think that if Obama was elected, it could do something to restore America’s reputation amongst the world. But you should vote for him if you agree with his voting record and his stance on the issues, as I do and have voted for him.

  • Dem ’08

    We have people who are for Obama and people who are for Hillary, even people who are for McCain (yep, it happens). Problem is that few are looking at the issues. They both suck really but who sucks more is the question.
    Hillary is a liar but the seems better than someone who sides with a racist radical group of people. How can that unite the U.S.?
    Oh, i want a president with muslem family and ties to radical muslem people….come on. If you vote Obama in the country will be split because he has radical friends and seems to be ok with it. If you don’t vote him in people will say it’s because he is black and they will split on that as well. If you vote in McCain we won’t care anyway because we will just be trying to figure out how to live again after our economy falls.
    Bite the bullet and vote Hillary ’08!

  • IndiMinded

    I don’t buy it. I would rather vote for Obama, Hillary, or McCain – any one of them – than I would for Al Gore, John Kerry, George W Bush, Ralph Nader, or Howard Dean. So for me that makes them the 3 best candidates either party has floated for a while.

    They’ve all got serious flaws, but I think we’re dwelling on them because at the end of the day we can only bring one home.

    Of course if you’re a serious conservative you’re probably starting to figure out the drawbacks of a 2-party system about now, given that all 3 candidates seem to have been inexplicably marketed toward democrats.

  • Johanna

    I don’t understand the problem with Mexicans and Chinese people. The Hispanics and Asians in America should pay better attention. Obama’s election will pave the way for maybe an Hispanic American or Asian America in 4 years. They are not viewing the big picture. After Obama’s term is over, the door will be open for anyone to make a true attempt at the presidency. With Hillary not so much. Never mind whether or not you like him. What should matter to you is the future of you and yours. The invisible “Caucasian sign” attached to the front door of the White House needs to be ripped off. At long last. Martin Luther King’s dream will become a reality.

  • Michelle

    Dem 08: I will if she makes it! Would you do the same for Obama? If not, why?