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Iceland Gives Obama Highest Support

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Published September 14, 2012

A survey done on how people in different countries around the world would vote in this November’s US presidential elections shows Iceland giving the entire full weight of its support to Barack Obama.
The poll, conducted for United Press International by CVOTER International/WIN-Gallup International, measured support for Obama or GOP candidate Mitt Romney from 26,000 respondents around the world.
Among the conclusions they arrived at, it was found that Obama has his highest levels of support in Europe overall, with Iceland giving him 98% – more support than any other country in the world.
Romney, by contrast, received his greatest support from Israel, Pakistan (where Obama scored lowest), Georgia, Macedonia and China.

“In 29 of the 32 countries polled, Obama’s rating for policies and competence is 55 percent and above, the lowest figure being in Pakistan,” the pollsters said. “In seven countries, the approval for his policies and competence is in the 90s, and in another nine it is in the 80s.”
Obama’s support was highest in Iceland (98 percent); Netherlands, Portugal, Germany (97 percent); Ireland, Denmark (96 percent); Switzerland, France, Finland (95 percent); Italy and Turkey (94 percent); Brazil (93 percent); Romania, Saudi Arabia (91 percent) and Australia (90 percent).
“Surprisingly, support for Romney fails to match Obama’s everywhere except Israel. The most notable is Pakistan, where despite Obama’s controversial handling of AfPak [Afghanistan and Pakistan] that has nosedived ties with Islamabad and where an overwhelming majority of citizens increasingly identify America as an archenemy, Obama leads 59 percent to 41 percent among those who would vote — although the actual numbers are 13 percent to 9 percent in Obama’s favor, as a majority of Pakistanis say either they don’t know or they would choose neither,” pollsters noted.

On a global scale, 63% of all respondents said they would vote if US presidential elections were held on a global scale, with 83% of those saying they would vote for Obama.



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