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    Europeans Seen Favoring a Democrat Win in US Election

    Selah Hennessy
    Voters in the United States will soon be heading to the polls to elect the country’s president, but around the world many non-U.S. citizens hold their own opinions about who should win the election. Citizens in London are keeping an eye on a vote they view as impacting their own lives.  

    They may not have any say in the U.S. vote -- but many Britons know their mind.  Barack Obama is a firm favorite for re-election, as many people on the streets of central London said.

    “I hope Obama wins.  I would have thought naturally I would have been a Republican, but Mitt Romney is a frightening figure, and his running mate is even more frightening,” one man said.

    “If I was American, I would vote Obama,” said a woman

    Obama’s competitor, Mitt Romney, also has his fans. One woman supports his stance on abortion. “I think that the pro-lifers are really the ones I would go with,” she sa.d
    Democrat Obama and Republican Romney will go head-to-head in the presidential vote on November 6.  Recent polls have shown it is a close race.

    But in many European countries, it is a different story.  A recent poll found that in Britain, France and Germany, only one in 20 people held a positive view of Romney. In Germany, half the population said they would feel less favorably towards the United States if  Romney were to win.

    The poll was taken by the market research group YouGov. “Obama has consistently been seen, as most Democrats are, as more closely aligned with the politics, with the policies, the opinions, and the views of Europeans, than Romney,” said Joe Twyman, director of social and political research.

    Currying favor in Europe probably does not mean much to the presidential candidates, says Twyman.  But he says European leaders benefit if their citizens like the U.S. president.
    “It certainly makes things easier to have constructive dialogue and make diplomatic progress when there is support for the president in that particular country.  For instance, in the UK, when George W. Bush was in power, he was viewed very negatively, and so as a result, when premiers talked about relationships with America, and relations with Bush, it made things difficult for them.  Whereas everyone wants to be friends with Obama,” Twyman said.

    Londoners say the vote also has a direct impact on their lives. “Whoever is elected in the states has a big impact here,” a woman said.

    “We do not want to interfere, but we do want to ensure that we have a person in office who is good for the rest of the world,” one woman said.

    Many Europeans will be watching as Americans cast their vote next month.

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    by: Alex Smith from: Russia
    October 23, 2012 4:46 PM
    Mr.Putin has two girls and Mr. Obama has two ones. It is needed to equilibrate in favor of sons. So many did for women and not did for man at all.

    by: Brian from: New York
    October 23, 2012 3:41 PM
    President Obama's debate win was truly impressive and now makes three out of four debate wins for Obama/Biden. People seem to finally be realizing that Mitt Romney and the GOP have based an enormous amount of their election strategy on lies, hatred and deceit. From the 72 million Americans that will be left without any health insurance, whatsoever, by year 2020, under Romney's plan (determined by two independent, non-partisan research studies available to the public), to women and minorities being drastically stripped of their equal rights (because of his refusal to support initiatives like the Lily Ledbetter Act, which enables women to be paid the same as men, provided they do the same work; this was the first act passed by President Obama when he took office) or Hospital Visitation Rights, which allows gay people the same visitation rights as straight people when a loved one is in hospital sick or dying, Americans are seeing Mitt Romney for who he really is. From the West Coast to the East Coast and all of our our great country in between, we Americans are seeing from these debates that a Romney/Ryan plan will leave the middle class being burdened with much higher taxes while the wealthiest Americans pay less in tax because "it will help inspire job hiring" which evidence showed us in the Bush years, does not happen. They are happy to disclose that they will put "trillions" of additional dollars into the military, which the military has *not* asked for, while somehow, still not being able to, over the course of eighteen months of campaigning and four debates, detail in any further specificity, what exactly taxes will be like under their reign. That is not honest. That is not American. That is not integrity and that is certainly not Christian. Mitt Romney also has the highest disapproval rating, of all time, of any Presidential candidate, ever. Higher than Bush. All Americans must understand this. The entire world hates the guy. We must be proud to be Americans. We need a President who represents all of America and that we can be proud of. We are coming out of one of the most difficult economic times in history in large part because of two wars that we are finally ending. We are bringing our brothers and sisters home. We cannot go backward. We must go forward. We are Americans. We will prevail.
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    by: David from: calif
    October 24, 2012 12:46 AM
    A taxpayer voting for Obama is like a chicken voting for Col. Sanders. You' re going to get fried.4 years of spend spend spend,can't afford it ,any longer.

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