World has own favorites in U.S. election

Oct. 22, 2012 at 10:44 AM
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- While President Obama and Mitt Romney are in a tight race for the White House, their support in other parts of the world is much more definitive, observers say.

Obama is still widely favored in Europe, while Israelis like Romney and China doesn't like either one, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

Some 75 percent of Europeans prefer Obama, a German Marshal Fund survey found last month. Only 8 percent prefer Romney. Analysts say some European leaders fear alliances they have forged with the Obama administration would have to be rebuilt under Romney, who sees European countries as similar to the big-government socialist state he claims Obama is trying to create.

In Germany, a mid-October poll by Emnid found 82 percent of Germans expected Obama to win while only 11 percent said Romney would. Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democratic Union usually aligns with Republicans.

The British see themselves as having little in common with Republicans, who are viewed as moving to the extreme right on social issues as England endorses same-sex marriage and acts against global warning.

Romney is favored in Israel, where he and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu have been friends for decades.

The Chinese are angered by charges of currency manipulation and unfair trade practices from both candidates. Much more of their attention has been on the upcoming change in Chinese leadership, which occurs only every 10 years and will happen this year shortly after the U.S. elections.

The focus in the Middle East is on the political and social aftershocks from the Arab Spring. The belief by many there is that no matter who sits in the Oval Office, American attitudes to that region will not change.

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