Europeans Much Prefer Obama
The following excerpts from an article inThe Wall Street Journal, rather than reflecting negatively on McCain, reveal just how low our standing in the world community has drifted because of Bush & Company:
While the race between Barack Obama and Republican rival John McCain remains close among U.S. voters, Europeans have given their hearts to the likely Democratic nominee.
A poll in late May of five major countries -- Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Russia -- showed Sen. Obama getting 52% support, compared with 15% for Sen. McCain. In France, 65% favor Sen. Obama, compared with 8% for Sen. McCain, according to the poll for the United Kingdom's Daily Telegraph newspaper.
As President Bush leaves Monday for a weeklong tour of Western Europe, some experts in trans-Atlantic public opinion believe the election campaign -- and particularly Sen. Obama's rise -- have contributed to an uptick in European support for America itself.
For some reason, a chart in the hard copy of the WSJ was not online. That chart has the following percentage perferences for Obama versus McCain:
Italy 70% v. 15%
Germany 67% v. 6%
Framce 65% v. 8%
Britain 40% v. 49%
Russia 31% v. 25%
TOTAL 52% v. 15%