London : The race to the White House might be too close to call but non-Americans from across the globe, including India, want incumbent President Barack Obama to emerge victorious over his Republican rival Mitt Romney.
A poll of more than 570,000 people across the globe has found that non-Americans wanted 51-year-old Obama to remain the President of the United States, the Daily Mail reported. Research, conducted across 36 countries outside the US, revealed 81 per cent were in favour of Obama spending another four years in office. And only 19 per cent preferred 65-year-old Romney, according to the findings from MSN. In India 64 per cent were in favour of Obama while 36 percent backed Romney, according to the poll. People in Germany, Russia and Japan also backed Obama over his Republican challenger.
Interestingly, the only country that would prefer Romney as the next President was China, with 52 per cent voting in his favour. In the UK, Obama came out with a huge 85 per cent of the vote.
Romney’s failure to win fans here has been put down to his comments over Britain being unready for the Olympics this summer. Duncan Hooper, managing editor of MSN News & Sport, said: “Mitt Romney lost all hope of winning Britons” hearts after suggesting the country wasn’t ready to host the Olympics.
“He made so many gaffes during a visit to London that it became known as the ‘Romneyshambles,'” Hooper said. “Barack Obama is still remembered as the man who represented a significant and welcome change after the much maligned George W Bush’s eight years in the White House,” he said. “Obama’s struggles on the domestic scene have gone largely unreported over here compared with his dignified and well-timed overseas visits,” he added.
The opinion polls conducted ahead of today’s elections, have suggested a close contest. The latest Washington Post-ABC tracking poll released on Monday gave Obama (50 per cent) a three point lead over Romney (47 per cent), which is still within the margin of statistical error. “The poll also finds that Obama remains the favourite, with 55 per cent of voters saying that he will win in Tuesday’s election. By contrast, 35 per cent believe Romney will win while 10 per cent register no opinion,” the daily said. The polls are too close to call, the CNN said. —PTI