Global Poll Shows That Of Those Aware of Candidates in Race to Succeed Bush, Most (55%) Would Like to See Barack Obama as Next U.S. President

22-Country Survey Shows that Most (80%) of Those Aware of Candidates are Watching Election Race Closely

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Washington, DC – A new global Ipsos poll of the world’s most engaged citizens across 22 countries, conducted for Al Jazeera English Network, finds that most citizens appear to be tuned in to the race for the U.S. Presidency, with a majority of global citizens being ‘aware’ of the three major contenders for the presidency: Hillary Clinton (92%), Barack Obama (82%) and John McCain (62%).

In fact, much of the world appears to be watching the race in the U.S., with eight in ten (80%) of these ‘aware’ global citizens indicating that they’re following the presidential election ‘closely’ (15% very/65% somewhat). Just two in ten (20%) of those who are aware of all three candidates say that they’re ‘not following’ the presidential election ‘closely at all’.

Among those who are ‘aware’ of all three candidates, a majority (55%) would most like to see Barack Obama as the next President of the United States, placing him well ahead of his fellow Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, who is receiving 31% of the vote. Apparently, the global appetite for another Republican is not strong, with only 14% indicating that they would most like to see John McCain as the next U.S. President.

Global opinion appears to differ markedly from opinion within the United States, however. When considering which of the three candidates they would most like to see as President of the United States, 41% of Americans indicate they most prefer John McCain (compared to 14% globally), 33% would most like to see Barack Obama as President (55% globally), and 26% would most like to see Hillary Clinton as the next President of the United States (31% globally).

These are the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of the Al Jazeera English Network involving a sample of 22,605 respondents, with a minimum of 1,000 interviews per country, across the Ipsos global online panel access network. The field window was April 15 through May 22, 2008. The margin of error per country is +/-3.1, 19 times out of 20.

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Dr. Darrell Bricker
President & CEO
Ipsos Reid
Public Affairs

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Global Poll Shows That Of Those Aware of Candidates in Race to Succeed Bush, Most (55%) Would Like to See Barack Obama as Next U.S. President


Darrell Bricker
CEO, Global
Ipsos Public Affairs