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Poll: The world wants Obama
Judging by the overwhelming showing for Barack Obama at his July speech in Berlin, world citizens would likely elect the Democrat if they could. (Some John McCain zealots have even played up negative aspects of Obamas international fandom, publicizing that Hamas has endorsed him for president.)
Readers Digest put numbers behind the more positive side of global Obamania, polling 17 countries on their impressions of the United States. According to the magazine, widespread disapproval of the Bush administration has bolstered interest in Obama.
Interest may be an understatement. They love Obama over there. More than 90 percent of Dutch polled and 85 percent of Germans polled are behind him. Its Obama by a landslide except in the country in which hes actually running for president, said John Fredricks, director of polling and research for Readers Digest.
Also of note: Australia and South Africa are among those countries paying the most attention to the U.S. election. Russia (yes, Russia) and India are among the least.