A scholar and expert on British-American relations isn't
surprised by the results of a poll that shows people overseas
overwhelmingly favor Barack Obama over Mitt Romney.
The British Broadcasting Company World Service opinion
poll asked residents in 21 countries who they want to win the
U.S. presidential race. On average, 50 percent of the respondents
in each country indicated that they wanted Barack Obama to win a
second term, while only nine percent favored Mitt Romney. France
was Obama's biggest cheerleader, giving 72 percent support, while
the only country where Romney enjoyed the advantage was
Luke Coffey, the Margaret
Thatcher fellow at The Heritage Foundation's Margaret Thatcher
Center for Freedom, is not surprised that Obama is so popular
"There's a general feeling around the world that any person who
is not a Republican and who is not George W. Bush is preferable,"
Coffey explains. "So this is just part of a very simplistic view
from outside of the United States viewing American politics."
But he notes this view is not based on fact.
"If you look at President Obama's policies toward Europe versus
President Bush's, for example, you actually see that Bush was far
better of an ally and partner to Europe," the U.S.-U.K. relations
And despite Obama's efforts, the president is not so popular in
the Middle East. "Actually, the Republican Party is more popular,"
He does not believe people in other countries really understand
American politics, so American voters should not take much stock in
which candidate foreigners prefer.
The survey was conducted by GlobeScan/POPA between July 3 and