Wednesday, September 08, 2004
Rest o' them sumbitches better watch their backs come November 3. From Agence France-Presse (via Zemblan patriot K.Z.):
A majority of people in 30 of 35 countries want Democratic flagbearer John Kerry in the White House, according to a survey released on Wednesday showing that US President George Bush was rebuffed by all of America's traditional allies.
On average, Senator Kerry was favoured by more than a two-to-one margin - 46 percent to 20 percent, the survey by GlobeScan, a global research firm, and the local University of Maryland, showed.
"Only one in five want to see Bush reelected," said Steven Kull, the university's programme on international policy attitudes. "Though he is not as well known, Kerry would win handily if the people of the world were to elect the American president."
The only countries where Bush was preferred in the poll covering a total of 34 330 people and conducted in July and August were the Philippines, Nigeria and Poland.
India and Thailand were divided.
The margin of error in the survey covering all regions of the world ranged from plus or minus 2.3 to five percent.
Kerry was strongly preferred among all of America's traditional allies, including Norway (74 percent compared with Bush's seven percent), Germany (74 percent to 10 percent), France (64 percent to five percent), the Netherlands (63 percent to six percent), Italy (58 percent to 14 percent) and Spain (45 percent to seven percent).
Even in Britain, where Prime Minister Tony Blair is Bush's closest ally in the war on terror, Kerry trounced the incumbent 47 percent to 16 percent.
Kerry was also greatly favored among Canadians by 61 percent to Bush's 16 percent and among the Japanese by 43 percent to 23 percent.
Even among countries that have contributed troops to Iraq, most favored Kerry, and said that their view of US foreign policy has gotten worse under Bush.
They included Britain, the Czech Republic, Italy, the Netherlands, the Dominican Republic, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Japan, Norway and Spain.
Asked how President Bush's foreign policy had affected their feelings towards the United States, a majority of those polled in 31 countries said it made them feel "worse" about America, while those in only three countries said it had made them feel "better".