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Barack Obama's re-election reverberates far beyond US borders — so much so that citizens of some distant nations, like Pakistan and Turkey, say they too should have been able to vote. To give them a voice, GlobalPost interviewed people around the world for their views on the United States and who they hoped would win the election.
In a 2012 election outside the United States, Barack Obama would beat Mitt Romney 65 percent to 18 percent, GlobalPost finds.
The Gallup poll also found about 46 percent of the world’s youth wants to vote in the US election, claiming its impacts weigh heavily on their lives.
Of those interviewed by GlobalPost, 59 percent said the US election affects their lives.
Not everyone was enamored with Obama. Some have fallen out of love with in unexpected places.
In Kenya — the homeland of Obama’s father — a 28-year-old photographer said, “in terms of aid Kenya benefitted more under Bush than Obama, so even though Kenyans think Obama is one of our own, Obama is not one of us.”
Some watch internal US politics more closely than Americans might care to know. Take Mark Yeo, an asset manager in Hong Kong. His opinion of the United States is not getting any better.
“I didn’t realize people are so polarized there. It’s very hard to come together and make a compromise,” he said, and offered an example that revealed knowledge of US Congress’ gridlock.
“What’s shocking is how the Republicans are not trying to do their best for the economy,” he said. “They’re holding the American economy hostage to get what they want, so I wonder, how can politicians do that to their country? I don’t think my view has improved but it’s not because of Obama.”
GlobalPost series: See what the world thinks about election 2012
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