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Poll: Foreigners would overwhelmingly choose Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump

By Eric DuVall
Poll: Foreigners would overwhelmingly choose Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump
Hillary Clinton is the hands down choice of people across the world in the U.S. presidential election. A new survey covering countries representing 75 percent of the world population finds the only country where Trump leads Clinton is Russia. UPI File Photos

WASHINGTON Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A global poll conducted by a network of pollsters reveals that the U.S. presidential election is arousing widespread engagement across the world, and in all but one country Hillary Clinton would win in a walk.

The poll shows the lone country that prefers Donald Trump is Russia.

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The poll was conducted by WIN, Gallup International and CVoter. It covers public sentiment in 45 countries representing nearly three-fourths of the world's population.

The race is also fairly close in China, though Clinton still leads Trump by 9 percentage points there.

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Clinton is remarkably popular in western Europe, Latin America and Africa, but Trump beats Clinton 33 percent to 10 percent in Russia. Trump is also fairly popular in China, where 44 percent of respondents said they would vote for Trump if they could vote in U.S. elections, compared to 53 percent for Clinton.

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The poll was carried out during August and September among a total of 44,194 people. Among those polled, 69 percent of respondents said who wins the U.S. presidency will have a high or very high impact on their countries.

The poll finds that western Europe, which is embroiled in the Syrian refugee crisis, does not seem to support Trump's anti-immigration rhetoric.

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The refugee destination countries of Europe are polling 75 percent to 12 percent in favor of Clinton. Trump's support jumps to 23 percent in so-called "transit" countries in eastern Europe, through which refugees from the Middle East pass to reach their destinations. Still, Clinton leads in those areas by more than two-to-one.

Majority-Muslim nations oppose Trump, who has said he would temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States. In this group of countries, Clinton beats Trump by an average of 56 percent to 11 percent. Trump's two strongest Muslim nations are the U.S. battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, where he receives support from 23 percent of the population. That total is dwarfed by Clinton, whose support touches almost 60 percent in those countries.

Clinton's strongest support comes from linchpin allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO -- an alliance Trump has called "outdated." Clinton leads 75 percent to 13 percent on average in the United Kingdom, Germany and France, along with other countries traditionally friendly with the United States.

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Clinton fares best in "traditional" democracies where there is well-established protections for free speech. Clinton beats Trump 66 percent to 15 percent there.

Trump fares better -- though still trails Clinton widely -- in transitional democracies, where states still hold some authoritarian tendencies. Trump polls at a slightly higher average of 17 percent in these countries. Still, Clinton polls at an average of 56 percent there.

Trump's support jumps to 33 percent in non-democratic countries, a list that includes Russia and China.

The maximum support for Clinton in the poll comes from Portugal, where a whopping 85 percent of respondents favored her. Next on the pro-Clinton states are South Korea followed by the Scandinavian countries.

While Hispanic voters have taken much of the spotlight in the U.S. election amid the debate over immigration -- and they traditionally favor Democrats -- it's the real Latin America that shows the extent of Trump-phobia gripping Latinos. In this poll, the eight biggest Latin American countries are covered and they have polled 65 percent to 5 percent in favor of Clinton. This is the lowest average Trump support in any group of countries.

Though the foreign respondents are unable to vote in the U.S. election, they overwhelmingly said they hope their concerns are taken into account by U.S. voters when they head to the polls. Seventy-eight percent advised the next president not to be swayed by U.S. interests alone, but to either focus on the interests of the entire world, or to give equal priority to both U.S. and global concerns. Only 16 percent of the global public advised the next U.S. president to put America first and disregard global interests.

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The American public, on the other hand, is much more in favor of an American-centric policy, this view being held by 61 percent of U.S. citizens.

WIN-GIA/CVoter conducted the global poll exploring the outlook, expectations, views and beliefs of 44,194 people from 45 countries. In each country, a representative sample of around 1,000 people were interviewed in person, via telephone, online or a combination of those methods. The field work was conducted during August and September. The margin of error is 3 to 5 percentage points.

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