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FT.Com > Global opinion favours Kerry over Bush, says poll

By Joanna Chung in Washington and Daniel Dombey in Brussels
Published: September 8 2004 20:48 | Last updated: September 8 2004 20:48
World opinion is overwhelmingly in favour of John Kerry, the Democrat candidate, to win the US presidential election, according to a poll covering 35 countries.
In 30 countries, many of them staunch allies of the US, the public favoured Mr Kerry over President George W. Bush by a two-to-one margin, according to a poll conducted by GlobeScan, a public opinion group, and the University of Maryland. Only Poland, Nigeria and the Philippines backed Mr Bush, while India and Thailand were a statistical tie.



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The public in 30 of 35 countries polled would prefer John Kerry, the Democrat challenger, to win the US elections and on average favour him over Mr Bush by a two-to-one margin.Go there
Both the poll and a separate survey of transatlantic trends, released on Thursday, show rising international mistrust of the US.
An average of 53 per cent of GlobeScan's respondents said foreign policy under Mr Bush made them feel worse about the US. In Germany, 74 per cent of respondents said they backed Mr Kerry against only 10 per cent for Mr Bush. In France only 5 per cent supported the president. In the UK, the margin was 47 per cent to 16 in favour of the challenger.
In China, 52 per cent of those asked backed Mr Kerry against Mr Bush.
The Globescan poll comes as the US presidential race, in which Mr Bush has taken a lead, begins in earnest ahead of the November 2 election. Its release coincides with a survey by the German Marshall Fund of the US and Italy's Compagnia di San Paolo, which also underlines the transatlantic divide. According to this second study, Transatlantic Trends 2004, 58 per cent of Europeans hold that strong US leadership is undesirable and 76 per cent disapprove of President Bush's international policies.
However, most people on both sides of the Atlantic maintained that Europe and the US had not grown further apart.
But the Transatlantic Trends survey of 11,000 Americans and Europeans also revealed strong splits between Democrats and Republicans in the US on issues such as the role of the United Nations and the invasion of Iraq. While 84 per cent of Republicans believed the US is sometimes justified in bypassing the UN, only 40 per cent of Democrats agreed. Although 63 per cent of Democrats disapproved of the presence of US troops in Iraq, 86 per cent of Republicans approved.
A third poll of 798 Americans also released on Wednesday showed that 74 per cent of US voters would be unaffected by global attitudes about the presidential race.



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