Everybody Loves Me, Baby. What’s the Matter With You?*

Big surprise, huh? I guess the rest of the world has figured out that McCain is more of the same, which hasn’t worked out any better for them than it has for us.

US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama may be struggling to nudge ahead of his Republican rival in polls at home, but people across the world want him in the White House, a BBC poll said.

All 22 countries covered in the poll would prefer to see Senator Obama elected US president ahead of Republican John McCain.

In 17 of the 22 nations, people expect relations between the US and the rest of the world to improve if Senator Obama wins.

More than 22,000 people were questioned by pollster GlobeScan in countries ranging from Australia to India and across Africa, Europe and South America.

The margin in favour of Senator Obama ranged from 9 per cent in India to 82 per cent in Kenya, while an average of 49 per cent across the 22 countries preferred Senator Obama compared with 12 per cent preferring Senator McCain. Some four in 10 did not take a view.

“Large numbers of people around the world clearly like what Barack Obama represents,” GlobeScan chairman Doug Miller said.

This kind of polling gets the wingnuts really huffy.

A bunch of people who can’t vote for Obama are endorsing Obama,” writes the blogger at Stop the ACLU — an odd reaction from someone who presumably has opined over the years about who should hold public office in various countries around the globe s/he can’t vote in.

Kim Priestap at Wizbang is feeling resentful:

This isn’t going to have any positive impact for Obama. We Americans resent it when other countries try to tell us for whom to vote because it’s pretty obvious that the citizenry of other countries don’t have our best interests at heart. …

Allahpundit, whom I have found to be somewhat unlike many others on the right in that he is not always totally dismissive of points of view that differ from his own, wonders if Americans might not care a little more about their country’s image in the world in 2008 than they did in 2004:

I know I’ve seen polls showing that Americans are concerned with the country’s image abroad but the best I could do after a bit of googling is this one from January taken by two nonprofits: “Overall, nearly nine in ten Americans (88 percent) believe that it is very important for other countries to have a favorable opinion of Americans. Women in particular (80 percent, as compared to 65 percent of men) are very or somewhat worried that the US is losing the trust and friendship of other countries.” Change consistently outpolls Experience as a desired commodity in the next president, too. Sarah Barracuda helps blunt Obama’s advantage on that, but this is the sort of thing that helps keep him in front. Four years ago, with Bush’s approval rating in the 50s and America still feeling defensive after 9/11, it was easy for independents to sneer at world opinion; after four more years of Iraq, I wonder if they’re still so inclined.

Related item: England’s Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has endorsed Obama. What’s interesting is that Obama’s position on the housing crisis is a significant reason for Brown’s support (emphasis in original):

Gordon Brown has broken with British convention and made clear that he favours Barack Obama as the next US President.

In a departure from the usual self-denying ordinance of Prime Ministers past, Brown has written an article for The Monitor magazine in which he praises Obama’s plans to get the US out of the housing slump.

Referring to the anxieties facing voters across the globe during the economic slowdown, he says: “Around the world, it is progressive politicians who are grappling with these challenges….In the electrifying US Presidential campaign, it is the Democrats who are generating the ideas to help people through more difficult times. To help prevent people from losing their home, Barack Obama has proposed a Foreclosure Prevention Fund to increase emergency pre-foreclosure counselling, and help families facing repossession.”

*”Everybody Loves Me, Baby” by Don McLean

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