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.