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Title: November 10th, 2008


1
International Web Response to 2008 U.S. Election
  • November 10th, 2008

2
Why is the international communitys opinion of
the US Election important?
  • The US is a predominant world power
  • Aid
  • Military presence
  • Economy
  • Additionally, Bushs approval ratings worldwide
    are very low
  • http//pewresearch.org/world-opinion-map/
  • Part 1 Pre-Election Websites

3
The Economist Global Electoral College
  • Virtual system that estimates which candidate the
    rest of the world prefers if every nation could
    vote using the Electoral College system to elect
    the US President http//www.economist.com/Vote200
    8/
  • Most nations lean/favor Obama
  • Leaning McCain nations Algeria, Iraq, and DR
    Congo
  • Sudan and Burma are toss-ups (50 for each
    candidate)
  • Problem with the polls anyone can go online and
    vote
  • Nov. 1st final poll
  • Obama 9,115 Global Electoral College votes
  • McCain 203 Global Electoral College votes

4
Readers Digest Poll http//www.rd.com/your-ameri
ca-inspiring-people-and-stories/presidential-elect
ion-08-global-poll/article102098.html
  • 17,000 people
  • 15 countries
  • Poll conducted from June 2nd- July 7th 2008

5
CNN World View
  • From October 17th 2008
  • After 3rd Presidential debate
  • 30-45 second videos from international cities
  • Focused on the US Election and growing world
    financial crisis
  • Reports
  • Obama Great Britain, Germany, Russia, Nigeria,
    South Korea
  • Spain, China, and Lebanon are split between 2
    candidates
  • Jerusalem and South Africa no opinion given in
    report

http//www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/16/map.debate.
reax/index.html
6
Gallup World Poll If the World Could Vote
  • Less drastically pro-Obama than other polls at
    which weve looked
  • Methodology is clearly outlined
  • http//www.gallup.com/consulting/worldpoll/108079/
    Methodological-Design.aspx
  • 2 maps
  • http//www.foreignpolicy.com/gallup/

7
Part 2 Post Election International Responses
  • BBC Have Your Say Blog
  • Allows people to leave their responses about the
    US election
  • They also leave their location and their opinion
    about the question How will an Obama presidency
    affect your life?
  • http//news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/talking_point/7708582.s
    tm
  • Global Quotes about Obamas win
  • Everyday citizens from around the world
  • http//news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/7710631.stm
  • Global Media Quotes about Obamas win
  • What international media sources have to say
    about the president elect
  • http//news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2
    008/7710563.stm

8
The Middle East
  • Middle East http//news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/u
    s_elections_2008/7710271.stm
  • Somewhat mixed reactions from Middle Eastern
    leaders about Obamas election
  • General feeling of disdain toward President Bush
    and hope that Obama could help the situation in
    the Middle East and especially Iraq
  • Taliban http//news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/771
    1068.stm

9
Africa
  • Obamas late father was Kenyan
  • Kenya declared last Thursday a national holiday
    to celebrate Obamas win
  • http//news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7710675.stm
  • http//news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7710394.stm
  • Your victory has demonstrated that no
    personshould not dare to dream of wanting to
    change the world for a better place Nelson
    Mandela

10
Asia
  • Obama spent a few years in Indonesia as a child
    so that nation was excited for his victory as
    well
  • Asian stock markets rose after the election
  • Reactions from Asian leaders were overwhelmingly
    positive
  • http//news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7710239.stm
  • http//news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7710355.stm

11
Europe and Russia
  • European leaders are also supportive of Obama
  • http//news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7710169.stm
  • Russia
  • Its message to Obama has been a more intimidating
    one
  • Largely rhetorical message of potentially placing
    nuclear weapons in Kaliningrad, Russia the day
    after Obamas election
  • http//news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7711723.stm

12
In Conclusion
  • Its important to be educated about what the
    world thinks about the US election and our
    foreign policy in general, because we are a
    country that affects the rest of the world
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