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Barack Obama beats John McCain in European vote: US election 2008

Senator Barack Obama emerged as Europe's favourite candidate for America’s presidency today when a poll conducted for Telegraph.co.uk gave him 52 per cent support across five of the world’s richest nations, including Britain.

 
Barack Obama is the only consistent opponent of the Iraq war in the race for the presidency
Barack Obama is the only consistent opponent of the Iraq war in the race for the presidency Photo: REUTERS

John McCain, the presumed Republican nominee, received only 15 per cent of the vote in unprecedented survey covering Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Russia.

The poll also found a striking level of anti-American feeling in every country. A clear majority of Russians - 56 per cent - believe the US is a "force for evil" in the world. In Britain, only 33 per cent see America as a "force for good".

Opinion towards America has become steadily more hostile throughout the presidency of George W Bush, with the Iraq war probably being the single most important factor.

Mr Bush's unpopularity appears to have rubbed off on Republican presidential candidates in general. This might explain why Mr McCain, a strong supporter of the Iraq war, is the least popular potential president in all the countries surveyed.

Meanwhile, Mr Obama, the only consistent opponent of the Iraq war in the race for the presidency, commands a clear lead. He is especially popular in Italy, where a remarkable 70 per cent would vote for him if they could.

In France, historically the European country with the strongest anti-American sentiment, 65 per cent would back Mr Obama. In Germany, the Democratic Senator would get 67 per cent of the vote - while Mr McCain would receive a derisory six per cent.

Mr Obama appears to have made less of an impact in Britain than elsewhere in Europe. A relatively modest 49 per cent of Britons would vote for him, while 14 per cent would back Mr McCain - twice the totals favouring the Republican candidate in Germany or France.

Another 13 per cent of Britons would not vote for either man and 24 per cent "don't know".

The only country where Mr McCain can rival his opponent's popularity is in Russia, where anti-American feeling is strongest. The Republican appears to have made a striking impression on Russians, with 24 per cent saying they would vote for him if they could - a mere seven points behind Mr Obama.

Meanwhile, more Russians trust Mr McCain to "lead the global economy out of its current difficulties". His economic policy skills have the support of 36 per cent, compared with 28 per cent who back Mr Obama.

Historically, Russians have tended to favour Republican presidents and conservative leaders in the West in the general. Both Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher enjoyed considerable popularity in the former Soviet Union in the 1980s.

While Vladimir Putin, the former president who now serves as prime minister, confronted the West on a series of issues, he frequently spoke of his personal regard for Mr Bush, calling the American leader a "decent and honest man".

But the Telegraph.co.uk poll found that only 16 per cent of Russians see America as a "force for good" in the world. In Britain, the total was 33 per cent and in France, only 28 per cent. As recently as 2000, a global attitudes survey found that 83 per cent of Britons and 62 per cent of the French had a "favourable" view of America.

The Telegraph poll found that Italy has overtaken Britain to become the most pro-American country out of Europe's four largest nations. Almost half - 49 per cent - of Italians see America as a "force for good" with only 27 per cent believing Washington is a "force for evil".

- This research, commissioned by Telegraph.co.uk, was carried out online between May 23 and 29 by YouGov plc. The total sample was 6,256 (broken down into Britain 2,241; France 1,005; Russia 1,001; Italy 1,004; Germany 1,005).

Comments: 395

  • Oh, please. Are we supposed to be surprised? Europe is Socialist, so of course they are going to support a Socialist (Obama) candidate in America! Also, according to a poll, Europeans want to see a weaker America. They know Obama is just the man to do this!

    KimH
    on July 24, 2008
    at 06:51 PM
  • Independent's comment: "Negative comments aimed at Europeans is coming from Republicans. They don't care about anyone in the world but themselves, so feel free to ignore them. "

    No thanks Independent. I'll gladly ignore YOU though. Leftist PUTZ.

    HateLeftists
    on July 03, 2008
    at 06:47 AM
  • Europe is on the far left so of course they like Obama.

    Europe doesnt' support Guantanemo because they consider it a violation of the geneva conventions.

    This poll was predictable.

    In my opinion, high federal taxes harm the middle class. In several European countries there are such taxes, and nationalized healthcare and all this wonderful stuff, but the middle class has greatly shrunk and became poor. When you tax "evil" CEOs, you limit the whole company's ability to employ people. The result is a quick lay off of non-essential workers. This cuts many office jobs and customer service jobs and lowers the standard of living for many people.

    I am just shocked that Europe hasn't learned from its mistakes.

    William
    on June 30, 2008
    at 06:35 AM
  • I am a citizen of the United States and I find blogs like this very interesting. I believe a country's reputation holds tremendous weight and should not be overlooked. We as a country need to mend the wounds we created over the last 8 years. Regardless if you voted for Bush or not, we are all responsible for the damage since he is our conduit to outside perception. By going Obama we will at least show the world we are not concerned about old out of touch white rich guys, who care more about religion in public office, than actually running a country appropriatly.

    We will need a paradigm change within' the next 10 years on many issues such as transportation, energry sustainabillity and global warming. Weather we like it or not, we will be forced to change. Who would be best to prepare us; the guy who is more socially motivated ready for change or the one who thinks we need to stay the course?

    Dave
    on June 24, 2008
    at 05:00 PM
  • I am a US Citizen who is very much interested in the world's opinion of us. My experience in travelling was that the people I encountered don't necessarily hate me, but hate what my government is doing on a global scale.
    I can't wait for Bush to get out of office. He has run this country into the toilet and turned the opinions of many other countries against us.
    Though Obabma doesn't have the experience that some other candidates may have had, I'm convinced that he will choose a strong group of people to surround him and guide his decisions based on their experience.
    I hope that Obama can bring about tremendous healing on a global scale.

    Jeff
    on June 23, 2008
    at 01:47 PM
  • Europe wants Obama?
    Really?
    But he's black!

    Archie Bunker
    on June 20, 2008
    at 11:11 PM
  • Obama is promising us things he doesn�t have, or can�t control. He sounds so ridiculous talking, that many people are turning off the TV saying, �You got to be kidding�.
    Obama turned election campaign in a comedy. The day of voting I have two options.
    Vote for John McCain, or
    Go Fishing.

    noracist
    on June 11, 2008
    at 10:25 PM
  • Some people may think that the US decisions have repercussions all over the globe... some people may not. For those of you who are in the first group in http://www.voteintheuselections.com/ we offer you the opportunity to vote in the US elections.

    Master
    on June 11, 2008
    at 10:18 PM
  • Negative comments aimed at Europeans is coming from Republicans. They don't care about anyone in the world but themselves, so feel free to ignore them.

    Europeans are not claiming to have a vote in the US election, but DO have a right to their opinions.

    Europeans have a right to express support for Obama and what he represents to strenghten and enable better and more constructive relationships with many countries across the world.

    Independent
    on June 09, 2008
    at 10:53 PM
  • I think it's important for ALL to go to Senator Barack Obama's website and read how he feels about issues, news about him (daily)--there is constant information about him and the campaign. DO, read the books he's written. America is blessed to have a highly intellegent man like he is unselfishly dedicated to making America whole again!!!!

    Mini
    on June 09, 2008
    at 06:21 AM
  • Hello from Portland, Oregon.

    Prior to all this, I was just an Independent voter as I never could commit to either party, but THIS TIME, I re-registered as a Democrat voter this year just so I could have my say this time. (Independent voters in Oregon can not vote in Primaries)

    I was one of the many that voted for Obama in the Oregon Primaries. Not sure if any of you caught it, but on May 18 2008, two days before the Oregon Primaries, Obama & Oregon (a primarily white US State ) made history: It was the LARGEST Democrat Primary Rally in history thus far.

    Oregon hasn't been this excited and hopeful since 1968... it's long over due!

    When I cast my vote for Obama, I was not only thinking of our country, and hopes for change and getting us back on track, but in hopes to rebuild our relationships with others around the world.

    And for me, it's good to read that Obama BEATS McCain in the European vote.

    That this news does matter to a tax paying citizen of the USA.. well at least this one from Portland, Oregon.

    IMHO, McCain, aka McSame or McLame would just be yet another term of Bush.

    Now only if the bitter Clinton supporters would reconsider to vote for Obama rather than to threaten to vote for McCain, I think we could win this together.

    CindyPDX
    on June 09, 2008
    at 06:21 AM
  • Hello from the States.

    For the first time since I have been able to vote I am not swayed by my parties platform. I envy those who have made up their mind about who they are or would vote for because I have no idea. I'm a registered democrat with a few moderate ideals. Both candidates appeal to me for many different reasons. I care what the rest of the world thinks about us as a country. I found this article because I feel that knowing how our candidates are viewed abroad could help me in my decision. I hope that whomever is elected, fences will be mended and we can all move forward making better decisions for our world as a whole.

    My husband is on his way back from London today. I can't wait to pick his brain and see what he has to say about his experiences there. He is an Obama supporter and he is intrigued by my inability to make up my mind...it's so unlike me!

    Patti
    on June 08, 2008
    at 07:30 PM
  • What I completely fail to understand is, why Americans here are so upset that we take an interest and that they tell us we should mind our own business. well, we do! This is a European newspaper and you decided to join our debate here. If you don't like what you read, read your media!

    maximilian
    on June 08, 2008
    at 01:26 PM
  • What I completely fail to understand is, why Americans here are so upset that we take an interest and that they tell us we should mind our own business. well, we do! This is a European newspaper and you decided to join our debate here. If you don't like what you read, read your media!

    maximilian
    on June 08, 2008
    at 01:25 PM
  • What I completely fail to understand is, why Americans here are so upset that we take an interest and that they tell us we should mind our own business. well, we do! This is a European newspaper and you decided to join our debate here. If you don't like what you read, read your media!

    maximilian
    on June 08, 2008
    at 01:25 PM
  • What many European readers here fail to understand or misunderstand is that the more grumpy isolationist sentiments expressed by several Americans here is not the product of either this article nor does this come exclusively from a small core of ultraconservatives. The MSM may not report it very often and it may not represent the views of the elites in the State Department, but profound disappointment in and disgust with Europe is much more widespread in America than many in Europe realize. Also, it doesn't come from cartoonish characters like the stereotypical backward, ignorant redneck many Europeans like to think everybody in America outside of NYC, Hollywood and San Francisco is. It comes from some of Europe's formerly most erstwhile supporters in America. It comes very often from people whose families emigrated from Europe to America in the last generation or so or from Americans who have lived as expats in Europe.

    Next, many Americans will not support Obama because he will do precisely those things that Europe seems to want from America-surrender its national sovereignty and freedom of action. The fact that so many people in Europe who hate America (and I don't care what they claim, the plainly DO hate America) love Obama is not a problem for McCain. Its a problem for Obama. I know I for one will never vote for that even though I don't particularly love McCain either. Many others in America will agree with me.

    MichaelE
    on June 08, 2008
    at 11:25 AM
  • I really found this informative and interesting. As a citizen of the United States of America, I really think more of the American populace needs to start listening more closely to what the rest of the world thinks about important issues. With the world becoming more and more globalized, there needs to be more thought focused on what's good for the international community as well as that of the U.S. I personally agree with the general sentiment and look forward to the future and the prospect of rebuilding our international relations.

    Matthew Newton
    on June 08, 2008
    at 11:14 AM
  • Go Barack Obama! But I think that America is unpopular because we know more about what we're doing. But still, the anti-American surveys are unbelievable

    Brian
    on June 08, 2008
    at 11:04 AM
  • The irony (I would say that American's wouldn't get it, but I don't want to stereotype...) of so many Americans coming on a British newspaper's website to say that they don't care what Europe thinks is delicious...If you don't care what Europeans think, here� a hint; don't read a European newspaper...

    Ethan
    on June 05, 2008
    at 08:48 PM
  • According to the Telegraph poll, 39% of Germans saw the US as a force for evil.

    Pajamas Media has an article today on Germany and Israel.
    �In 2003 the European Commission sponsored an opinion poll �..some 65% of Germans feel themselves threatened by Israel. (Another 45% feel threatened by the USA.)�

    Note the similarity between the 2003 and 2008 surveys. In 2003, 45% of Germans felt threatened by the US, and in 2008, 39% of Germans saw the US as a force for evil. The 2008 results for German opinion of Israel should also be similar.

    If 65% of Germans felt threatened by Israel, this is not an example of reality-oriented thinking. How can one trust the judgment of a populace that comes to such a conclusion?
    My conclusion is that one cannot trust the judgment of a populace that makes such a judgment. If the populace has such a lack of reality-oriented thinking to conclude that Israel is a threat, this lack of reality-oriented thinking similarly sees the US as a threat or as a force for evil.
    As with the Germans, similarly with Europe.

    Gringo
    on June 04, 2008
    at 04:26 PM
  • Nick, I liked your suggestion to Republicans in the USA: "Republicans in the USA would do well to read up on terms like "jingoism" and "straw-man argument".

    I would only add one more suggestion for Republicans in the USA. Most of them already have seared into their souls the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It would be so nice if they would take the time to read and think about the rest of that quaint old document which they have been trashing for the last seven years.

    Roland

    J. Roland Nuckols
    on June 04, 2008
    at 10:48 AM
  • The signal from Europe is hardly surprising! Obama stands tall as the better candidate than John McCain. Obama represents the spirit of a positive change for America and for the highly divided world. He inspires huge hope, confidence and love in the younger generations of Americans and the world at large. He has done his best and it is now up to the Americans to choose the person who will lead them to the promised land of prosperity and security. I trust the US citizens would understand Barry better and vote him in, and change America and world once and for all time. This is probably their only opportunity to make a difference and make big statement that they are ready to make the world a more secure, peaceful and lovable place for all. Barry Obama, for me and young people the world over, is a world citizen who has the capacity to change the negative image about America around the world, far beyond the imaginations of many Americans. How I wish some other organizations will conduct the polls in other continents, such as Asia, African, South America and Oceania, to see who is more preferred by them to become the POTUS. All said and done, Americans will decide on who is bested suited to govern their country in the 21st century! We cannot pretend to love America more than the Americans! The choice is entirely theirs to make. I think they getting a clear picture of what they want and I believe they will get right this time.

    PETER LISBETH
    on June 04, 2008
    at 10:45 AM
  • Nick, I liked your suggestion to Republicans in the USA: "Republicans in the USA would do well to read up on terms like "jingoism" and "straw-man argument".

    I would only add one more suggestion for Republicans in the USA. Most of them already have seared into their souls the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It would be so nice if they would take the time to read and think about the rest of that quaint old document which they have been trashing for the last seven years.

    Roland

    J. Roland Nuckols
    on June 04, 2008
    at 10:44 AM
  • Who cares? Seriously, if a typical Leftist European leader ran in America, he or she would receive less than 10% of any vote nationally. In other words, European sensibilities mean absolutely nothing in terms of American elections. The societies are totally different.

    Bren
    on June 04, 2008
    at 06:58 AM
  • Who cares? Seriously, if a typical Leftist European leader ran in America, he or she would receive less than 10% of any vote nationally. In other words, European sensibilities mean absolutely nothing in terms of American elections. The societies are totally different.

    BCM
    on June 04, 2008
    at 06:27 AM
  • I love America..I will vote for Obama...(assuming he is the nominee!. Very simple...high paying lobbyists support the republicans and generally, the democrats...too many conflicts of interest! Our conservative media focuses on irrelevant "surface issues" but failed to see our country get to where it is!

    Bush has over a hundred friends (lobbyists) in his administration who are responsible for overseeing regulatory agencies of the industries they used to lobby for. (Bill Cliinton had five such lobbyists just for perspective) Period...it is unprecedented. Obama can't be bought! Our world will be a better place, our country will be a better place! Period! My relatives of italian and german descent found this interesting and it solidified their vote for Obama (who by the way, does want to cut taxes and has done it...so much for the scare tactics..won't work!)

    Denise
    on June 03, 2008
    at 08:37 PM
  • I love America..I will vote for Obama...(assuming he is the nominee!. Very simple...high paying lobbyists support the republicans and generally, the democrats...too many conflicts of interest! Our conservative media focuses on irrelevant "surface issues" but failed to see our country get to where it is!

    Bush has over a hundred friends (lobbyists) in his administration who are responsible for overseeing regulatory agencies of the industries they used to lobby for. (Bill Cliinton had five such lobbyists just for perspective) Period...it is unprecedented. Obama can't be bought! Our world will be a better place, our country will be a better place! Period! My relatives of italian and german descent found this interesting and it solidified their vote for Obama (who by the way, does want to cut taxes and has done it...so much for the scare tactics..won't work!)

    Denise
    on June 03, 2008
    at 07:49 PM
  • http://www.erikrush.com/ I'd like the public to comment on Mr. Rush's observations of Barak Obama. For those of you who don't know, Mr. Rush is an African-American columnist. Thanks.

    StephanieG
    on June 03, 2008
    at 06:21 PM
  • Somehow, it continues to surprise me how many people who are anti-Obama will call him Osama, or use his middle name of Hussein, or refer to his Muslim religion (which besides being ridiculous and untrue, is utterly irrelevant). If you disagree with policy or have a legitimate argument regarding experience or corruption, that's fine. Rip into candidates all you want. But an ignorant mocking of something different than yourself, whether it be a name, race, religion, or sex, is just fear of a possible threat to YOUR way of thinking. And blindly reacting to a perceived threat in the most violent way possible is not strength. It is the most cowardly form of weakness I can imagine.

    Humanity as a whole, and even more so America, will not be served well by reactionary tactics and a refusal to talk to groups you disagree with. America might be powerful, but we can't handle battlefronts in two countries simultaneously right now; imagine if we got the rest of the world to disagree with our foreign policy enough that WE became a force that needed to be taken out. We're not that far off as it is.

    Of course, we'd probably just end up nuking every other country to preserve the 'American' way of life. Goddamn xenophobia.


    America should want to be respected, not feared. Because as we've taught the world, when you fear something, you swat it down. Respect will keep America far safer than fear.

    Andrew
    on June 03, 2008
    at 05:49 PM
  • The thing I'm amused by here is that a large number of the angry american posters seem to think the Telegraph is a 'liberal' newspaper. Go figure, as they say...

    Cat
    on June 03, 2008
    at 06:28 AM
  • Californian Jeff
    �Educated populations make educated decisions. Why fear Obama's appeal internationally? It's a shame more people don't get the chance to travel off the farm in rural Kentucky.�

    What I learned in working overseas four years as a engineer is a very strong factor in my supporting McCain. No soy el ignorante que piensas.

    Gringo
    on June 02, 2008
    at 11:32 PM
  • As an American, it saddens me but does not surprise me to see the world hostile to us. Please try to remember, most Americans are good friendly people and not a "force of evil." There seems to be a uniquely American obsession with viewing everything in Black and White, Right and Wrong but we're working on that.

    Matt from DC
    on June 02, 2008
    at 10:11 PM
  • I am Italian and I am not surprised about the results of this poll, European are deluded by thinking that with Obama the US will completely change their forein politics, they think that he will talk with EU and decide toghether what to do, this is wishful thinking! I believe that if elected (and I surely hope not) he will still be the US President and he will act accordingly, safeguarding American interests (which casually are very close to EU interest, though we European seems not to see this). I think that Bush has made mistakes but he has had the intelligence to fix them (I think, for example, of sending Petraeus to IRAK to finally win that war and Iraki hearts). It is so easy to condemn the American and do NOTHING to stop the real Nazi that slaughter men, women and children every day in Irak and everywhere else in the world. I am confident that in 20 years time we will all be saying that Bush was right to try to stop the most horrid fanatic movement ever. but, hey, we can keep our head under the sand, since the "bad" cowboys will always come to save our ass despite our bad, bad attitude. Thanks, tahnks, thanks America for existing and thanks to all the young people that have died and that will die to insure our freedom!

    Stefano
    on June 02, 2008
    at 03:14 PM
  • I, as a Brit, like America and Americans. I love to visit the country and always meet great people.

    However, I don't like the meaningless 'war on terror', guantanamo bay, rendition of political prisoners for torture overseas, and unjustified war in Iraq.

    The nation of America was founded in liberty and independence, but your current leaders could not care less about human rights and the Geneva convention. This is the main reason why the rest of the world cannot stomach your politics.

    Furthermore, it is NOT ok to criticise Burma for not allowing aid in a disaster, and then to treat black and poor inhabitants of New Orleans in exactly the same way.

    Jed Bartlet for president (please!).

    Dave
    on June 02, 2008
    at 02:11 PM
  • As an American, world citizen I will be voting for Obama in the general election. What some fascist American's don't understand is that Obama is in everyone's best interest. Western Europe is not the foe, and the fact that other countries like him just goes to show we can get some standing back with him in office in addition to fixing America domestically. Educated populations make educated decisions. Why fear Obama's appeal internationally? It's a shame more people don't get the chance to travel off the farm in rural Kentucky.

    Californian Jeff
    on June 02, 2008
    at 07:07 AM
  • Republicans in the USA would do well to read up on terms like "jingoism" and "straw-man argument".

    Nick
    on June 02, 2008
    at 06:35 AM
  • As an immigrant to the US, many of the above comments are what I like best about the US - the toughness and the ability to give as good as they get!

    Look, the US is the most powerful nation and what she does is of legitimate interest to the rest of the world. It's just too bad that a cartoon version of America is what most Europeans have in mind.

    *Oh, and, yeah, when China is the new world hegemon you will soooo miss us, but, we will find a way to take care of ourselves. You fine Europeans may have to do the same.

    Madhu
    on June 02, 2008
    at 06:34 AM
  • Whoa! Why are there so many neocons commenting? I'm guessing some conservative website gave them a link to this article, considering their distaste for any foreign news...

    Why not put forth some valid and professional commentary rather than putting offensive, name calling trite?

    Chris
    on June 02, 2008
    at 06:25 AM
  • The levels of anger at this article from some Americans surprise me! Of course Europeans don't get a say in the American elections, but it's hardly surprising that people all over the world take an interest in them, considering the international influence of the US.

    I don't think the US is a "force for evil", but the vitriol from some Americans here who seem to be insulted that we'd even be interested in their election confirms to me that there are certainly a number of Americans who are not an asset to their country.

    Christopher
    on June 01, 2008
    at 02:40 PM
  • What British readers of these comments need appreciate is that the people being particularly hostile against European supporting Obama are the same people who hostile against Americans supporting Obama too! These are die hard Republicans, members of that 29% who still think Bush is doing a good job. They were never going to vote Democrat, they never have done and never will. They are not indicative of any greater a proportion of the US populace than the entrenched conservatives, a group that traditionally shouts the loudest, as here.

    The invective will only escalate the nearer we get to November. The Republican Party is in serious trouble. It has almost 20 million less members than the Democrats and is splitting along three factional lines with regards to true low-tax libertarian conservatives, the pro-war militarist wing, and the religious Right. John McCain does not unite these factions. He is for the most part in the pro-war militarist grouping, and regularly comes under attack for voting AGAINST Bush's tax-cutting measures. At the same time, as a moderate on social issues, he comes under attack from evangelicals, who he has called "agents of intolerance" before. How can he win an election if he's fighting his own party as much as the Democrats? If these Republicans turn out in November it will be an anti-Obama vote, not a pro-McCain vote, and the disunity and in-fighting in the Republican Party will continue.

    All that said, McCain was the best candidate on offer, from a lacklustre selection of Republican politicians. That was the greatest damage Bush did to the Republican Party. He has made such a hash of it that and been so overwhelmingly average in his abilities right from January 2001 that it's convinced every third-rate Republican politician that they can do the job too. I mean, a former baptist minister, a TV star and a few names unheard of outside their rants on talk radio shows..?

    McCain's experiences in Vietnam have brought him a degree of humanity and humility lacking in the other Republican candidates and indeed the White House incumbent. He is a decent, honorable man and a fine senator. But he'd make a terrible President.

    Jon
    on June 01, 2008
    at 09:27 AM
  • emeka -5 "dont care if they hate America. they can all go to hell. During WWI and WWII, who saved the day?? America. When hitler raped Europe, who saved the day?? yes, America. During the cold war when the USSR was swallowing Europe, who saved the day?? America. Who built up Europe after all the wars??"

    Well, what can I say, there is a contradiction in your argument mate! First you asked WHO saved Europe from Hitler, and then WHO saved Europe from the USSR, and there is only one answer to that: The USA DECIDED TO OPEN A SECOND FRONT ONLY BECAUSE THE USSR HAD ALREADY DEFEATED HITLER (who by the way was propped up by the USAs big money)AND THAT THE REAL CONCERN FOR THE USA GOVERNMENT AND ITS EUROPEAN ALLIES WAS THE UNSTOPPABLE RED ARMY reaching the Atlantic!
    By the way, even if you don't like it, Russia doesn't need to invade your saved Europe, perhaps the other way around, since USA and its European allies live only of what they rob from others.
    And regarding the reconstruction of Europe, who benefited the most? The USA of course, thanks to the money they stole from the third world, and then put to work on "Enterprise Europe". Please, don't give me the s... of the USA sacrificing itself for the good of the world. Successive USAs governments used its citizens to conquer the world for the benefits of a few, presenting itself as the last minute savior in both big wars, when the European war theater was ripe for the spectacular show ,their economies in tatters and their armies exhausted, very convenient, specially when no harm would be inflicted on the USA territory itself. And history repeats itself ad nausea, but believe me, the majority of people in the world are not naive enough to swallow the same propaganda for ever. Regarding who would be the best President for the USA, as you say, I don't give a damn, because each nation deserves the government it elects, and its consequences. By the way, I'm not European and I don't like them much either.

    Gus
    on June 01, 2008
    at 09:26 AM
  • Robert Osuna - 10 "Who the hell cares what the Europeans think about anything?
    THe next time they are in trouble, they cry and beg the Yanks to bail them out again."
    Stefan - 21 "Europeans have *no* voice in American elections, so the best advice I can give you is STFU and STFD! You are in charge of sex and music. If we want your f**king advice, we'll whistle!"
    And the like:
    I don't think this poll and its results constitute any advise to USA s citizens on how to vote in their own country, it only shows, the low level in which its current administration is seen in Europe, its closest ally. (Worse in the rest of the world for sure). So why are these people so offended? Why they bother in writing to an European site? They shouldn't be troubled by the opinions of the world's citizens. They should be really troubled when THEIR GOVERNMENT, directly intervenes in the internal affairs of other countries!
    Wasn't the USA the one asking the Europeans for help in their unlawful war against Iraq?
    Perhaps the USA won't need allies now to bomb Iran out of existence, and drag Europe and the world into the last war. Of course many of these "concerned" USA's citizens and their entire families won't be in this world to air their hypocrisy any more!

    Gus
    on June 01, 2008
    at 08:25 AM
  • It is not so much that Europeans love Obama, it is that they like most Americans, hate Bush & the Neocons so much. America is in a dangerous mood. A backlash is coming. This is why Obama has the political & financial backing that he does from the most unlikely sources. Obama is more of a stalking horse for possibilities in America as is it going to obey its own Constitution.

    Obama is having so many problems with preachers because no on not even they had the faith to believe that he would ever reach the heights that he has. The people know the US is the laughing stock of the world and WE are ashamed and want to redeem ourselves through CHANGE.

    mary gravitt
    on June 01, 2008
    at 08:25 AM
  • "Obama is popular because we are all sick of politics as usual."

    The "uniter" Obama is a hard lefty whose "spiritual advisor" is a race-hustling hate monger and has regular radical and corruption eruptions -- unrepentant terrorist Ayers for example, Rezko for another on the dodgy house deal. He says he's a leader but hasn't led ANY legislation of note. He's never done ANYTHING of substance in a bipartisan manner. He has NO executive experience. He's a weathervane, a mere cypher -- not presidential material. But he IS the very embodiment of politics as usual.

    John
    on June 01, 2008
    at 08:25 AM
  • Like we really care what the sheep in eurabia think, enjoy your multi culti totalitarian regime(aka the European union) fella's. By 2050 you will all be living in the new caliphate and then you will come whining to us to pull your chestnuts out of the fire again only this time we might just say piss off mate you made your own bed now lie in it!

    Oldcrow
    on June 01, 2008
    at 08:21 AM
  • While Europeans judge the US candidates on foreign policy, Americans look more at domestic issues. Also, Europeans do not share American's desire for America to have globally competitive economy. Thus they would support an anti-business anti-trade candidate more than Americans would. This could explain why McCain gets much more support in the US than in the EU.

    Americans should not let the opinion of people who do not necessarily wish them well influence their decisions.

    Kent Webb
    on June 01, 2008
    at 08:19 AM
  • Oh Thank God I thought Obama was running for President of the USA I feel relieved he is running for the President of the European Union. Whew that's a relief.

    Laree
    on June 01, 2008
    at 08:12 AM
  • Europeans want to understand Americans? Two books "Albion's Seed, Four British Folkways in America. David Hackett Fischer.

    Born Fighting How the Scots Irish, Shaped America. Senator Jim Webb. The Culture is not based on WASP.

    Laree
    on June 01, 2008
    at 08:11 AM
  • Who the hell cares about what the Europeans think?? arent they going to have their own president soon??? they should stay out or US politics.


    I dont care if they hate America. they can all go to hell. During WWI and WWII, who saved the day?? America. When hitler raped Europe, who saved the day?? yes, America. During the cold war when the USSR was swallowing Europe, who saved the day?? America. Who built up Europe after all the wars?? America. I dont care if the want to marry Obama, by they way, they are already living in a socialistic Union...no wonder thay like a Marxist like Obama.

    emeka
    on June 01, 2008
    at 08:07 AM
  • A lot of anti-American sentiment about this article. Many saying we are evil and bad for the world. Gee, if that is true, I wonder why American government foreign aid is in the mult-billions? I wonder why the American people (churches, Red Cross, and private citizens) give billions to aid disasters all over the world. When disaster strikes America what do you hear? Ah, yes, nothing much beyond "Sorry about that, Yank, can you still send us more money?"

    Without the Marshall Plan Europe and Japan would have NEVER recovered from WWII. Without American military based all over Europe the USSR would have invaded them long ago.

    This country is not perfect. However, we do have a tendency to want to help reduce suffering and need all over the globe. Politically we have our ups and downs.

    And here is my last question: if America is so rotten, why are so many people willing to suffer terribly to get into this country?

    ShepK
    on June 01, 2008
    at 08:03 AM
  • I hate government, I hate all governments. I think most people also have a healthy disdain for their governemnt. Thomas Jefferson once said "Whatever man should sacrifice the littlest of freedom for security should have neither", and "..people who fear their goverment live in tyranny, but when a government fears its people, its liberty". These ideals relect my views on personal freedom, and government. They instill a sense of individualism, and respect for the individual, which is the cornerstone of western civilization. I am afraid that this part of our culture is slipping away. Europe is trading freedom for sercurity on a daily basis, and America is not far behind.

    If you ask your average American how its governemnt handles most problems, how it manages its bureaucracy, I believe most would say "HORRIBLY". Whether the Republicans or Democrats have control of the Congress or the Presidentcy, its always mismanaged. Why would anyone ever want to vote for a candidate who wishes to put more control in the governments hands, or the ability to intrude into our lives (ie socialized healthcare, higher taxes, excluding gays from marriage)? This is why Socialism, and Liberalism must fail. These two ideas go contrary to individualism, and libertarianism. They seek to homoginize, equalize, pacify, and stifle creativity and progress in the name of equality. Both parties in the US can claim responsiblity for the state of affairs domestically and abroad. Our governments (European and American) are horrible, and yet the best in world. Our freedoms and privledges are rivaled by none.

    The vast differences between the US and Europe are only outweighed by our similarites. Our disagreements should only be viewed as a sibling rivalry, nothing more.

    This article shows that anti-Americanism is high to moderate in areas of Europe, with no suprises coming out of France. But why this animosity between the US and France. We have never fought a war, we owed France a debt for its aid in the Revolutionary War, as well as the War of 1812. This debt was paid in WWII. So why do Americans boast so much, it was only a debt repaid? But none the less, something to be eternally proud of.

    I had 2 gradparents, and 8 uncles in WWII. They fought from France and Holland to the Pacific, and gave up everything they knew, to fight a war for people they had never seen, and for an ideal that should be spread. That ideal is one which makes America great. Its the ideal of liberty and freedom, and the US is the only country whose Military swears an oath to an ideal, not a government body, or person. This idea is the Constitution, and was drafted by Englishman/Americans, and inspired by the French.

    My grandfathers and uncles told me stories of hiding in the homes of French families, Belgian familes, and of Dutch families. They said how these people fed them, kept them warm, gave them all they could, which most times was very little. In return many gave their lives. This is one of the noblest acts a person can do, and one that should bind us together. Unfortunaley many have forgotten their history, forgotten the sacrifices people have made for our fellow brothers and sisters on both sides of the ocean that divides us.

    "We are not enemies but friends, we must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, were swelled and again touched, as surely they will be by the better angles of our nature." - Abraham Lincoln

    Josh
    on June 01, 2008
    at 07:59 AM
  • Once again my right-wing compatriots have decided to proudly flaunt their own ignorance in public. Since our government’s actions affect European lives, they have every right to take an interest in our elections and to voice their opinions. Do we have to vote according to said opinions? No, of course not.

    Regarding our unpopularity abroad, that’s hardly surprising. After eight years of Bush murdering and torturing innocent civilians at Abu Gharib and GITMO, insulting foreign leaders left and right, and thumbing his nose at international laws and treaties, what can any sane American expect Europeans to feel for us? And that description doesn’t even cover what Bush has done to our own people. Good God, the delusional fool let New Orleans drown while he played air guitar and ate cake at John McCain’s birthday party! I know, don’t tell me, you “don’t care” what the Europeans think of us. If you want to dig our country out of the hole we're in than you’d damn well better start caring what others think! We aren’t the only people on this earth. Ignorance and arrogance aren’t going to get us anywhere. Bush’s eight years in office are proof of that. We need allies and one doesn’t gain allies by exploiting and insulting others.

    I would like to correct several of the British posters on one point, though. We didn’t “elect” George Bush. He became president as the result of widespread election fraud in both ’00 and ’04. There is significant difference between legitimately winning an election and stealing one (twice!). You may read Rep. John Conyers excellent book on the subject of US election fraud and Diebold voting machines. What we did do, sadly, was allow George to steal both elections.

    Obama, contrary to what the likes of Rush Limbaugh would have you believe, isn’t a “liberal.” He’s a slightly left-of-center moderate. He wouldn’t be my first choice for President, but he is far superior choice compared to the war-monger John McCain. All McCain wants is another war (almost certainly with Iran) and that won’t help anyone at home or abroad. We need to grow-up and look reality square in the eye for once. Our economy is in the tank. Our Army has been decimated by Bush’s wars. We don’t even have the money to provide our soldiers (the ones you right-wingers claim to love so much) with decent medical care. We are almost universally loathed and we have no one to blame but ourselves (and Bush) for the mess we’re in. Obama isn’t a saint. He’s not a miracle-worker. But maybe, just maybe, he can help stabilize our nation and begin to rebuild our failing infrastructure at home and our diplomatic relations abroad. McCain won’t do that and Hillary doesn’t have enough votes to win.

    AuroraDawn
    on May 31, 2008
    at 06:38 PM
  • I am ashamed of the citizens of the United States. (which I am one) because so many of the comments are uninformed. Mr. Obama was also in the Illinois senate for 8 years before coming to Washington. The same people who are railing against him are the same who voted for Bush, the same people who think America is for competition between the races instead of the vast poor getting together. They don't know our history which was to divide the blacks from the poor whites. They even divided the dark skinned slaves from the light skinned to create division so the top 1 percent could keep control. I am very happy that Europeans are much more intelligent than my fellow Americans. We all know that. We are the new kids on the block who have purposefully let our early history fall by the wayside.

    Jermaine
    on May 31, 2008
    at 06:32 PM
  • Reading many of the posts above makes me wonder why so many American neocons are commnenting on a British site. Perhaps because they know their comments would be ridiculed over here. The majority of Americans...as evidenced by Bush's historically low poll numbers...have finally seen the light about this administration, the lies, and its war of choice. Bush's approval ratings are now at 30% (No doubt they will sink even lower now that his former Press Secy, Scott McClellan has turned on him.) So these folks represent the minority.
    They raise all kinds of concerns about Obama's "lack of experience." Funny how little concern they had for electing the inexperienced, intellectual lightweight that is George W. Bush. (Even Bush Sr. was surprised by his election.)
    Having lived through the WPE...Worst President Ever...many of us are looking forward to the Obama administration, and a time when Americans are again viewed as the good guys.
    Obama in '08!

    monk
    on May 31, 2008
    at 06:31 PM
  • Of course you Europeans will prefer Obama. You also prefer John Kerry, Jimmy Carter and other weakling candidate you hope will destroy America and thus,restore you to your "rightful" place as "leaders" of this planet earth.
    Wish and "Hope" for "Change" as much as you want Euros, Americans will continue to ignore you and vote the strongest candidate that will maintain their current standing.
    You see, in America socialism is viewed as a plague.

    Mike
    on May 31, 2008
    at 06:30 PM
  • The europeans like osama because they both hate America and want a weak America. That is why al quaeda/hezbollah/iran/taliban/chavez, the UN and EU and all other enemies of America want osama.
    Just how it is.

    Sheykh Athewel al Shroogi
    on May 31, 2008
    at 02:59 PM
  • "The Telegraph poll found that Italy has overtaken Britain to become the most pro-American country out of Europe's four largest nations."

    Well, I like the UK, but Italy is my favorite country over there to visit, so that works out.

    Slocum
    on May 31, 2008
    at 02:59 PM
  • This is not a surprise . Of course other countries would prefer the weaker American candidate. Too bad most Europeans have less than accurate information on American issues because their media is so liberally biased and anti American. Unfortunately, many Americans also get their information by our own liberally biased new media

    s. williams, Chicago, Illinois USA
    on May 31, 2008
    at 09:13 AM
  • This is not a surprise . Of course other countries would prefer the weaker American candidate. Too bad most Europeans have less than accurate information on American issues because their media is so liberally biased and anti American. Unfortunately, many Americans also get their information by our own liberally biased new media

    s. williams, Chicago, Illinois USA
    on May 31, 2008
    at 09:13 AM
  • This is not a surprise . Of course other countries would prefer the weaker American candidate. Too bad most Europeans have less than accurate information on American issues because their media is so liberally biased and anti American. Unfortunately, many Americans also get their information by our own liberally biased new media

    s. williams, Chicago, Illinois USA
    on May 31, 2008
    at 09:13 AM
  • What a dumb article.
    Who the hell cares what the Europeans think about anything?
    THe next time they are in trouble, they cry and beg the Yanks to bail them out again.

    Robert Ostuma
    on May 31, 2008
    at 09:09 AM
  • The funny thing about many of these comments is the consistant use of the word Democracy. We do not live in a democracy. We live in a Constitutional Republic and we also have no Constitutional Right to vote in a federal election.

    Also, there is no constitutional right to healthcare or for anyone to put their hand in my pocket and tell me at gun-point (government mandate by forced taxation or garnishment of wages) that I have to pay for someone else's children, healthcare, car, cell phone or tv.

    Has anyone outside of the USA ever looked at the majority of "poor" people in our country. They have houses, cars, cell phones, ipods, color tv, cable, computers, food stamps, wic programs, microwaves, stoves, dishwashers, beds, other furniture, and access to medical care via medicaid and medicare (both government programs already in place). Can this be said that this is the standard of "poor" in other countries?

    Just some food for thought for those who think that we should socialize or what is it now--ah, yes, nationalize everything to be fair.

    Marie
    on May 31, 2008
    at 09:08 AM
  • All it takes is one gaffe to taint a Republican for life. The political establishment never let Dan Quayle live down his fateful misspelling of “potatoe”. The New York Times distorted and misreported the first President Bush’s questions about new scanner technology at a grocers’ convention to brand him permanently as out of touch.



    But what about Barack Obama? The guy’s a perpetual gaffe machine. Let us count the ways, large and small, that his tongue has betrayed him throughout the campaign:



    Last May, he claimed that tornadoes in Kansas killed a whopping 10,000 people: “In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died � an entire town destroyedd. ” The actual death toll: 12. Earlier this month in Oregon, he redrew the map of the United States: “Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go.”



    Last week, in front of a roaring Sioux Falls, S.D., audience, Obama exulted: “Thank you, Sioux City. ... I said it wrong. I’ve been in Iowa for too long. I’m sorry.”



    Explaining last week why he was trailing Hillary Clinton in Kentucky, Obama again botched basic geography: “Sen. Clinton, I think, is much better known, coming from a nearby state of Arkansas. So it’s not surprising that she would have an advantage in some of those states in the middle. ”On what map is Arkansas closer to Kentucky than Illinois?



    Obama has as much trouble with numbers as he has with maps. Last March, on the anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march in Selma, Ala., he claimed his parents united as a direct result of the civil rights movement: “There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Ala., because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So they got together and Barack Obama Jr. was born.” Obama was born in 1961. The Selma march took place in 1965.



    Earlier this month in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Obama showed off his knowledge of the war in Afghanistan by homing in on a lack of translators: “We only have a certain number of them, and if they are all in Iraq, then it’s harder for us to use them in Afghanistan. ” The real reason it’s “harder for us to use them” in Afghanistan: Iraqis speak Arabic or Kurdish. The Afghanis speak Pashto, Farsi, or other non-Arabic languages.



    Over the weekend in Oregon, Obama pleaded ignorance of the decades-old, multibillion-dollar massive Hanford nuclear-waste cleanup: “Here’s something that you will rarely hear from a politician, and that is that I’m not familiar with the Hanford, uuuuhh, site, so I don’t know exactly what’s going on there. (Applause.) Now, having said that, I promise you I’ll learn about it by the time I leave here on the ride back to the airport.”



    I assume on that ride, a staffer reminded him that he’s voted on at least one defense-authorization bill that addressed the “costs, schedules, and technical issues” dealing with the nation’s most contaminated nuclear-waste site.



    Last March, the Chicago Tribune reported this little-noticed nugget about a fake autobiographical detail in Obama’s Dreams from My Father: “Then, there’s the copy of Life magazine that Obama presents as his racial awakening at age 9. In it, he wrote, was an article and two accompanying photographs of an African-American man physically and mentally scarred by his efforts to lighten his skin. In fact, the Life article and the photographs don’t exist, say the magazine’s own historians.”



    And in perhaps the most seriously troubling set of gaffes of them all, Obama told a Portland crowd over the weekend that Iran doesn’t “pose a serious threat to us” � cluelessly arguing tthat “tiny countries” with small defense budgets can’t do us harm � and then promptly fflip-flopped the next day, claiming, “I’ve made it clear for years that the threat from Iran is grave.”



    Barack Obama � promoted by the Left and the media as an all-knowing, articuulate, transcendent Messiah � is a walking, talking gaffe machine. How many more passes does he get? How many more can we afford?

    Commentator
    on May 31, 2008
    at 09:02 AM
  • I just want the americans understand. What you have done for Iraq is a bald crime. That we all in the world witnessed. There is no terrorism in the world, but when you push some one to the extreme everyone practises extrmism, whites,blacks, hispanic, christian muslim everyone. God knows the unknown war waged by US because of american support lots of countries are in war. I just want to see............ whatever the US is doing in the rest of the world happening to happen to them.... This is not anti american this just there is now way they would understand it, look at china they work hard and get rich and the americans, unfair trade, raping other countires wealth, waging war, and call their soldiers patriots while the truth is they are peadophiles, murderers for no apparant reason,............ China they are the most hardworking people and good example for anynation to follow. But americans you elect a president second time, who kills, and he jokes on death of children and innocent people

    xxxxxx
    on May 31, 2008
    at 08:57 AM
  • Dear everybody in US and Europe: It is a global world out there. Those who understand this, those who are willing to stop acting like the world is a big Jerry Springer show (do you all get this horrid work of american television?) would be wise to realize that divisiveness and metaphorical chair-throwing between the american political parties is about to come to an end, at least on the dem side (I cannot account for the lack of class of the republicans here in america as they all seem to love the violence, the loud talking, the interrupting anyone they disagree with, the love of this iraq war, the hate of anyone w/ brown skin, and finally their ability to rationalize it all out that it's okay to be this reprehensible a person so long as they "got theirs" and to hell with anyone who disagrees. Obama will win the presidency in fall -- even the neo-con's leader, Rupert Murdoch, has stated as such. Get ready for a new world order, one that might actually have ORDER, and perhaps a workable foreign policy, one that allows people to have differences of govt,differences of opinion, and still be able to work together for a better world. Of course, i do suspect we'll see HIllary or McCain hiding out in the grassy knoll at some point, or one of their very angry minions.

    As for the "everyone in EU is tired of being barraged by US TV, culture, etc" please be reminded, the US does not run your media... This is something you really should take up w/ the media owners if you want change. Personally, I prefer BBC shows and news to what I see here in US. It's not the US that shoves its crap down your throats, but your own media... I've been to UK, Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, few other EUs, and most of these countries I didn't see too much US influence except UK. Italy was a pleasure, almost bereft of all US garbage televsion. I do say, after 9 pm there is a lot of lesbian tv though... ANyway, let's just all wait and see what happens this weekend and this coming Tuesday, I'm betting Obama will be our nominee, and with the Scott McClellan bombshell (he used to be GWB's press secty and wrote a great book to, what it seems to me to be, atone for lying to the entire world about how GWB's administration of crazy zealots used propaganda to sell the Iraq war), we'll see how the republicans fare this fall. Even Colin Powell said to Mr. Snow there in UK a few yrs ago, "those guys are crazy m-fu**ers". I just wish Colin Powell would be Obama's running mate...

    Good day all.

    Nancy Murphy, Chicago IL
    on May 31, 2008
    at 08:38 AM
  • There are so many fools leading countries around the world, it beggars belief.
    France has not seen a leader since Napoleon, Germany is somewhat better, but Spain??? Italy??? Luxembourg???
    As for Russia, it is still a dictatorship and will remain a dictatorship for decades to come.
    Then Britain?????
    Brown and his clowns should be thrown out of office as soon as possible.
    Now.......... who among the people of Europe would agree with this opinion of mine?
    I am a US citizen who was born in England and still retain the right to vote in British elections, however, it is my opinion that those who live in the UK, should decide who will run their country.
    The same feelings apply to who becomes the president of the USA.
    You in Europe, may feel that you should have influence in American elections, but you should not.
    Who cares if many Europeans hate Americans? In the 19th century, it was the arrogant British who were disliked around the world, but do the British care?
    My suggestion to European citizens is: "Get your own house in order. Fix your own ailing economies. Throw out all your rotten, corrupt politicians and keep your noses out of the American elections ............. these are our problems and our responsibilities and we do not need you to tell us how to vote."

    Dave Ashworth
    on May 31, 2008
    at 08:36 AM
  • Obama will make himself the most powerful man on earth, if elected.
    http://o.bamapost.com

    us post
    on May 31, 2008
    at 08:36 AM
  • To Martin, UK who wrote:

    �For such a relatively small country, the UK is now the World's 4th richest economy.

    If you had to go and join a rag bag nation of 3rd World immigrants and ex slaves, you must have been a REAL failure here...?�

    Martin, as an ex-Brit I understand the sensitivity to British national decline that you feel, and I also understand how the success and strength of the US can serve to show that decline in sharper relief.

    But Martin, the problem is not the success of the USA. The problem (and the reason you are so defensive) is that for Europe the long-term trends are awful � relative to the rest of the world, demographically, economically, politically and militarily, Europe is slowly fading away. Europe has a poor future.

    Many in Europe think that Obama�s policies will somehow lessen the obvious differences in strength between the US and Europe. Maybe he would be a bit more tactful, at least initially.

    But realistically � you need to consider that Obama�s left-wing policies have been offered to America by candidates before; Walter Mondale (1984), George McGovern (1972) and Michael Dukakis (1988) were roundly rejected because the left-wing policies they offered are fundamentally alien to America.

    Obama�s purported election would not end Europe�s demographic collapse, moral malaise, military impotence or economic sclerosis.

    And conversely, it would not end American global dominance. The long-term trends for American in terms of demographics, military power and political influence are favorable, more so than any feasible competitor, be it the EU, Russia or China (the latter of whom, as Irwin Steltzer has demonstrated, will become old long before it ever becomes rich).

    So it would be better for you to consider how to raise Britain and Europe, rather than hoping vainly that America will be lowered.

    LA Guy
    on May 31, 2008
    at 08:29 AM
  • I am an American and I am voting for Obama. I can't say I don't care what the the rest of the world thinks, because I do. But truth is truth. The US needs to focus on alternative energy, defending our borders, educating our children (and many of our adults), ending poverty. In our own country, and sharing what we have with others. This war in Iraq has taken away the focus on everything that's important. Who doesn't want less government? I'm a registered Republican but I've re-thought some of this. The Republican party, Lincoln's party, has abandoned the values it was founded upon. There are as many extremists working to take away the freedom of expression and religion as in any other time and in any other country. It's time for our policies, which have swung so far to the right, to swing back to the left again to restore a little balance. I welcome the concept of talking to other countries, talking doesn't commit you. Isn't "Trust but Verify" a Russian phrase? I personally would not be able to have an abortion, but I don't want to make that decision for some one else, like our government is doing now. They need to stay out of it. I don't think that defining marriage as having to be between a man and woman (which is a diversion created by the Bush administration) is worthy of an amendment to our Constitution. This is our Constitution, which only should be changed for things like abolishing slavery and clarifying that women also have the right to vote. What kind of legacy would we leave adding something like that? I want a President that acknowledges we have a failed energy policy. Why can't Americans invest in solar, wind and geothermal alternatives? The point is we can, and we should. As should others. Obama is not about "I can do all this for you", he is about "You can do this for yourselves". That is the most engaging message we have heard in a long time. If he wins the election, this message will continue to spread, especially to our young people. Yes, we've been sold out by our government. Bush signed NAFTA in to law, but it was Bill Clintons baby. We now owe a Trillion dollars to China to pay for this war. I don't see the US having a universal health care system anytime soon. We can't afford 4 more years of McBush. In comment to all the WWII references, everyone needs to step back here. It was a tragedy, millions of lives were lost. Everyone did the best they could, and the only ones speaking German right now are the Germans (and a few religious sects here in the mid-west), which is as it should be. Hitler would not have been defeated if we hadn't joined the Allies, but we would not have been able to do it on our own either. On the other hand, we wouldn't have had a country without the French helping us againt the British. My ancestors are French, English, Irish and German. What side am I supposed to take here? Humankind, be both.

    Renee
    on May 31, 2008
    at 08:26 AM
  • I am an American and I am voting for Obama. I can't say I don't care what the the rest of the world thinks, because I do. But truth is truth. The US needs to focus on alternative energy, defending our borders, educating our children (and many of our adults), ending poverty. In our own country, and sharing what we have with others. This war in Iraq has taken away the focus on everything that's important. Who doesn't want less government? I'm a registered Republican but I've re-thought some of this. The Republican party, Lincoln's party, has abandoned the values it was founded upon. There are as many extremists working to take away the freedom of expression and religion as in any other time and in any other country. It's time for our policies, which have swung so far to the right, to swing back to the left again to restore a little balance. I welcome the concept of talking to other countries, talking doesn't commit you. Isn't "Trust but Verify" a Russian phrase? I personally would not be able to have an abortion, but I don't want to make that decision for some one else, like our government is doing now. They need to stay out of it. I don't think that defining marriage as having to be between a man and woman (which is a diversion created by the Bush administration) is worthy of an amendment to our Constitution. This is our Constitution, which only should be changed for things like abolishing slavery and clarifying that women also have the right to vote. What kind of legacy would we leave adding something like that? I want a President that acknowledges we have a failed energy policy. Why can't Americans invest in solar, wind and geothermal alternatives? The point is we can, and we should. As should others. Obama is not about "I can do all this for you", he is about "You can do this for yourselves". That is the most engaging message we have heard in a long time. If he wins the election, this message will continue to spread, especially to our young people. Yes, we've been sold out by our government. Bush signed NAFTA in to law, but it was Bill Clintons baby. We now owe a Trillion dollars to China to pay for this war. I don't see the US having a universal health care system anytime soon. We can't afford 4 more years of McBush. In comment to all the WWII references, everyone needs to step back here. It was a tragedy, millions of lives were lost. Everyone did the best they could, and the only ones speaking German right now are the Germans (and a few religious sects here in the mid-west), which is as it should be. Hitler would not have been defeated if we hadn't joined the Allies, but we would not have been able to do it on our own either. On the other hand, we wouldn't have had a country without the French helping us againt the British. My ancestors are French, English, Irish and German. What side am I supposed to take here? Humankind, be both.

    Renee
    on May 31, 2008
    at 08:24 AM
  • To Martin, UK who wrote:

    �For such a relatively small country, the UK is now the World's 4th richest economy.

    If you had to go and join a rag bag nation of 3rd World immigrants and ex slaves, you must have been a REAL failure here...?�

    Martin, as an ex-Brit I understand the sensitivity to British national decline that you feel, and I also understand how the success and strength of the US can serve to show that decline in sharper relief.

    But Martin, the problem is not the success of the USA. The problem (and the reason you are so defensive) is that for Europe the long-term trends are awful � relative to the rest of the world, demographically, economically, politically and militarily, Europe is slowly fading away. Europe has a poor future.

    Many in Europe think that Obama�s policies will somehow lessen the obvious differences in strength between the US and Europe. Maybe he would be a bit more tactful, at least initially.

    But realistically � you need to consider that Obama�s left-wing policies have been offered to America by candidates before; Walter Mondale (1984), George McGovern (1972) and Michael Dukakis (1988) were roundly rejected because the left-wing policies they offered are fundamentally alien to America.

    Obama�s purported election would not end Europe�s demographic collapse, moral malaise, military impotence or economic sclerosis.

    And conversely, it would not end American global dominance. The long-term trends for American in terms of demographics, military power and political influence are favorable, more so than any feasible competitor, be it the EU, Russia or China (the latter of whom, as Irwin Steltzer has demonstrated, will become old long before it ever becomes rich).

    So it would be better for you to consider how to raise Britain and Europe, rather than hoping vainly that America will be lowered.

    LAGuy
    on May 31, 2008
    at 08:21 AM
  • Explain to me, please, why we should take this poll seriously.

    Europeans have *no* voice in American elections, so the best advice I can give you is STFU and STFD! You are in charge of sex and music. If we want your f**king advice, we'll whistle!

    Steffan
    on May 31, 2008
    at 08:06 AM
  • I am an American and I am voting for Obama. I can't say I don't care what the the rest of the world thinks, because I do. But truth is truth. The US needs to focus on alternative energy, defending our borders, educating our children (and many of our adults), ending poverty. In our own country, and sharing what we have with others. This war in Iraq has taken away the focus on everything that's important. Who doesn't want less government? I'm a registered Republican but I've re-thought some of this. The Republican party, Lincoln's party, has abandoned the values it was founded upon. There are as many extremists working to take away the freedom of expression and religion as in any other time and in any other country. It's time for our policies, which have swung so far to the right, to swing back to the left again to restore a little balance. I welcome the concept of talking to other countries, talking doesn't commit you. Isn't "Trust but Verify" a Russian phrase? I personally would not be able to have an abortion, but I don't want to make that decision for some one else, like our government is doing now. They need to stay out of it. I don't think that defining marriage as having to be between a man and woman (which is a diversion created by the Bush administration) is worthy of an amendment to our Constitution. This is our Constitution, which only should be changed for things like abolishing slavery and clarifying that women also have the right to vote. What kind of legacy would we leave adding something like that? I want a President that acknowledges we have a failed energy policy. Why can't Americans invest in solar, wind and geothermal alternatives? The point is we can, and we should. As should others. Obama is not about "I can do all this for you", he is about "You can do this for yourselves". That is the most engaging message we have heard in a long time. If he wins the election, this message will continue to spread, especially to our young people. Yes, we've been sold out by our government. Bush signed NAFTA in to law, but it was Bill Clintons baby. We now owe a Trillion dollars to China to pay for this war. I don't see the US having a universal health care system anytime soon. We can't afford 4 more years of McBush. In comment to all the WWII references, everyone needs to step back here. It was a tragedy, millions of lives were lost. Everyone did the best they could, and the only ones speaking German right now are the Germans (and a few religious sects here in the mid-west), which is as it should be. Hitler would not have been defeated if we hadn't joined the Allies, but we would not have been able to do it on our own either. On the other hand, we wouldn't have had a country without the French helping us againt the British. My ancestors are French, English, Irish and German. What side am I supposed to take here? Humankind, be both.

    Renee
    on May 31, 2008
    at 08:06 AM
  • It delights me to note that you EuroCommies think Obama can win. I look forward to your dismay when he loses in the biggest landslide in US history. What a bunch of fools!

    CallMeIshmael
    on May 30, 2008
    at 11:45 PM
  • I have known some American people,when you play or speak with most of them you can feel enthusiasm,optimism.
    Europe is a dead man walking,many Europeans people are a bunch of desperate nihilist,they are so envious,pessimist and powerless that they often debate about imminent America's fall and,on the contrary,the extraordinary Chinese growth,either economic or military,in this way they think to console themselves.What a foolish attitude;Usa will face hard times but will rise again,the future of a nation depends more on boldness,love of freedom and spiritual values than in balance of trade or GDP though I expect that some wiseacre will sneer about this opinion.
    Piero,Italy.

    PIERO
    on May 30, 2008
    at 11:24 PM
  • We even see International artists, Andy Fraser (UK) for example going out of their way to promote the idea of Obama being good for the world, as well as US, going so far as giving ipods loaded with the new campaign song to radio to be won by Obama listeners. See - http://www.investegate.co.uk/Article.aspx?id=20080325152300NN403
    Download free mp3 http://www.obamarocks08.com/

    View Video "Obama, Yes We Can"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l67Gp9wV8Oc

    Free ringtone
    http://www.myxertones.com/ringtone:499903/

    Geoff Willard
    on May 30, 2008
    at 11:06 PM
  • Commenters like 'sandra thomsen' from the USA espouse the Republican perspective, and the Republican Party is literally on the verge of collapse in America. U.S. Republican commenters like 'sandra thomsen' from the usa proudly flaunt their prejudice and their favoritism toward a Corporatocracy over a Democracy.

    When she says that she pays for her health insurance and that she is assured of quality care, she fails to mention that she personally does not care that not only do 47-million Americans lack ANY healthcare coverage whatsoever.

    She fails to mention that millions more Americans who DO have healthcare coverage cannot use what they do have because the co-pays and the deductibles make their coverage unaffordable for a nation of Wal-Marts Greeters whose living-wage jobs have all been exported by FAILED conservative Republican economic policies.

    Commenter 'sandra thomsen' goes on to share her fear with your readers that if elected, Obama will 'redistribute wealth'. Translation: ignoring for a moment sandra's obvious racial prejudice, 'sandra's fear is that Obama will salvage America-after-Bush in a similar manner as FDR found it necessary to salvage America after Coolidge and Hoover, two more miserable Republican't failures whose economic genius ushered in our Great Depresssion.

    This quotation explains not only commenter 'sandra thomsen' position, but the entire Republican Party platform:

    "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."--John Kenneth Galbraith

    Commenter 'sandra thomsen' is really saying: 'I got mine, let the rest eat cake'.

    If wagering on this were legal, I'd like to short-cut all the hot-air by betting the HOUSE on Obama, and taking on all comers ... especially the 'sandra thomsen' commenters. I am a 56 y/o working white man; Harry Truman was Presidnet when I was born; I spent the first 26 years living in a bedroom-community of Washington, D.C. and these past 30 years living on the U.S. westcoast. I saw the riots in 68, and I know where I was when each assassination took place ... I have never seen anything precisely like the support that Obama has to-date. I'm confident that there are collectively not enough rigged voting machines anywhere to salvage this election for McSame/McInsane/McOld?McCain. And Obama is not the whole story here in the states. The Republican Party is about to be marginalized for the foreseeable future ... likely for decades into the future. If I'm wrong, come to my Blog and tell "We told you so" ... because you can bet I'll be back here to do the same on a fateful day this November.

    BloggerRadio
    on May 30, 2008
    at 09:42 PM
  • Commenter 'Dave' wrote:

    "Others that indorse Senator Obama are Hamas, Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, Islamic Jihad, Palestinians in Gaza, Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, The Communist Party of the USA, The Democratic Socialists of America, Freedom Socialist Party, just to name a few.

    I wonder why?"

    *If* indeed all those factions endorse Obama, and based upon the slant of such a comment I suspect you get your news off the AM Radio dial set to Lush Bimbaugh', 'Sean Insanity', or Man Coulter, or pehaps Bill O'LIElly, it is to prompt exactly the sort of reaction which you have appeased them with ... that you have been ignorant enough to supply. To instill in you the same sort of cowardice that Bush,Cheney,Rumsfled,Rice, Rove and the-like have been doing to you these past 8 years. It's called 'fearmongering', and Republican sheep seem especially vulnerable to it. Ya know, similar to the "fight them over there so we don't have to fight them over here" nonsense. Any single of the 50 states has sufficient fire power in it's individual residences to have repelled any land-based invasion, less perhaps one by the Chinese ... and they'd never attack their best customer ... where would they ship all their junk then!?

    Stop cowering dude ... grow a pair. Step out of the darkness. Leave the dark-side and your KKK sheet behind.

    BloggerRadio
    on May 30, 2008
    at 09:42 PM
  • I'm an American and live in New Orleans. I took time to read all 300 comments related to this article and would like to pass on some thoughts to all of you (or "y'all" as we like to say!):

    1. Not all Americans are neo-conservatives who think only of themselves and the U.S. More than anything I am highly embarrassed by the polls about our country. I am sick and saddened that our traditionally warm relationship with Europe (and Britain in particular) has cooled and soured. It makes me sad to see articles like this -- but I also realize that our country's foreign policy is to blame. Period.

    2. (related to 1) Not every American supported the invasion of Iraq. There have been massive protests here against the invasion and the war. At the same time, we are all concerned for and care deeply about the American men and women who are in the Middle East. Our love and concern does not mean we condone what happened.

    3. If you think Europe has been hurt by the policies of our government, please consider coming to visit our city of New Orleans. Most of our city has yet to be re-populated and a large portion of our infrastructure is still in ruins. Hurricane Katrina (and Rita) was the worst national disaster in our country's history ... but our media and government constantly blame us for how bad things still are ... truthfully, it was mostly the efforts and money from France that kept our city's infrastructure (roads, shipping lanes) afloat the months after Hurricane Katrina. No matter what this poll says, all of us here are deeply touched and honored by the European help we've received.

    4. I can honestly say that I don't sit down and think about Europe on a daily basis (mostly I think about work, bills, home repairs, etc), but I do harbor very good feelings for Europeans and hope that whoever wins our Presidency will work hard to restore some of our frazzled ties.

    Thank you for letting me rant!

    Chris
    on May 30, 2008
    at 09:41 PM
  • It beggars belief that one lady said her father would be rolling in his grave if he read this report. All the report has said is that Europe wouldn't support John McCain. I thought America helped in WW2 so that we could bring freedom and democracy back to Nazi-occupied Europe... not so we would just do whatever the Republican Party of America said. Let's not forget it was the Democrats that dragged the US into WW2, against much opposition from Republican senators who thought America could get along perfectly well with Hitler.

    Gary Martin said:
    "It was announced, almost as an afterthougt, that this was an online poll. Does it not occur to the Telepath.co.uk people that only the left go to this website for "news" ?"

    Actually, the Telegraph is one of Britain's more conservative newspapers.

    Jon
    on May 30, 2008
    at 08:22 PM
  • Firstly as an Australian I would like to know why the survey was taken, are Telegraph readers really that interested ?
    Secondly as it has no bearing on the outcome why the furore at the result.
    Thirdly, well done Obama, but this poll is all you will win.
    John Cook Western Australia

    john cook
    on May 30, 2008
    at 08:22 PM
  • As an American citizen I could not care less about the opinions of people in other countries regarding our political candidates.

    Bob Phillips
    on May 30, 2008
    at 08:20 PM
  • Europeans want "Big Brother" governments that will dole out everything their citizenry demands. They think freedom will be theirs without making any sacrifices for it. They think terrorism does not exist because, if they did, they would have to fight for it. They are much better at setting fire to everything and turning cars over. On our first trip to England we went to a pub in London thinking we'd find some old fashioned atmosphere but they constantly played Elvis music! It is easy to understand why England and Europe pay so much attention to what happens in the US. The US is the most powerful country in the world at present (despite our deflated dollar) and other countries look to the US to determine how economics/health care/immigration/government, etc will be affecting what will be happening in their own countries. Our whole family is for John McCain. Obama is a fake and Hillary is a loose cannon.

    Julie
    on May 30, 2008
    at 08:15 PM
  • Dear Mark leaving London: If you don't want your country to be "Americanized" then do something about it. Don't buy American products, don't go to American-made movies, etc. Same goes for being "Islamified." You ought to see the row in the US when some nutwad official starts yet another drive to have Spanish declared the "official" language of the US! At one time, African-American citizenry tried to have "Eubonics" mandatory on the curriculum of public schools! No, No, No. Protest your heads off over there. And I don't mean burning up cars and causing mayhem and destruction to public and private property. Put your collective "foot" down before you lose your British culture.

    Julie
    on May 30, 2008
    at 08:14 PM
  • To Brendan, Commenter #249, riddle me this Batman, define for us, if you dare, what 'experience' does qualify one to be a reliable U.S. President ...

    ... after which, I will provide you with a never-ending string of examples where history will prove your criteria to be as imprecise as a crystal ball.

    There is NO specific 'experience' which can properly / adequately prepare one to be U.S. Prez, Sir.

    You'll simply have to trust the electorate not to allow a 3rd consecutive election to be subverted and stolen.

    It is not the individual qualifications or experience of man or woman who becomes President, but rather the energy that the electorate infuses in him/her that provides Presidential strength. The majority did not elect George Bush. Together with the Supreme Court, it was a non-violent coup, and the 2nd time it was simply stolen.

    Hang-on, you are about to witness a rather historic non-violent response to that original theft. As they say, 'the wheels of Justice turn slowly' ... in this case, they have been set in motion, I assure you. And, they are about to steamroll 'the dark-siders' of these past 8 years.

    BloggerRadio
    on May 30, 2008
    at 08:10 PM
  • Message for Mark leaving London: Thank you for admitting this. BTW, I recently saw a photo of a parade float featuring a likeness of Obama and Clinton... IN GERMANY!!! I'm sorry but I just don't get it. There is no way in hell I could tell you the President (or whatever) of Germany. I really don't care. Why do they care?

    Boner
    on May 30, 2008
    at 08:09 PM
  • For all the far-right nut jobs trashing our European allies, here's the bottom line. All the candidates from both parties have taken the position that it's time to repair relations with our European friends. The whole "go it alone" mess of the Bush Administration means one of two things logically: Either 1) We aren't really taking the War on Terror seriously or 2) Bush was just so inexperienced and naive that he couldn't handle the responsibilities of a wartime president. First rule of fighting a "global" war: Don't lose your allies. Even FDR and Stalin knew better. If we could play nice with the USSR to defeat the threat of fascism, certainly we can get along with our European allies to take on terror. Or are we saying we had more in common with the Soviets in the 20th century than we have with Europe today? What does that say about us?

    Craig
    on May 30, 2008
    at 08:03 PM
  • To Brendan, Commenter #249, riddle me this Batman, define for us, if you dare, what 'experience' does qualify one to be a reliable U.S. President ...

    ... after which, I will provide you with a never-ending string of examples where history will prove your criteria to be as imprecise as a crystal ball.

    There is NO specific 'experience' which can properly / adequately prepare one to be U.S. Prez, Sir.

    You'll simply have to trust the electorate not to allow a 3rd consecutive election to be subverted and stolen.

    It is not the individual qualifications or experience of man or woman who becomes President, but rather the energy that the electorate infuses in him/her that provides Presidential strength. The majority did not elect George Bush. Together with the Supreme Court, it was a non-violent coup, and the 2nd time it was simply stolen.

    Hang-on, you are about to witness a rather historic non-violent response to that original theft. As they say, 'the wheels of Justice turn slowly' ... in this case, they have been set in motion, I assure you. And, they are about to steamroll 'the dark-siders' of these past 8 years.

    BloggerRadio
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:56 PM
  • Yes, those of you 'across the pond' did try to warn us against voting for Bush, and while I personally never needed that advice in order to do the right thing, on-whole we failed to listen, as it were; But, those of you who are concerned that your recent expressions for Obama will cause a repeat needn't worry. Obama will be the USA's next President. Take it from this Yank, no-worries. It is all but done. If my assurance fails you, you WILL be witness to a historic 2nd U.S. Civil War, and rioting of BIBLICAL proportions ... as well as mass immigration requests. If McCain should win he'll need to brush up on his Spanish because those he'll be left to govern will all be Mexicans ... the rest of us are outta-here! Look for a national "Going Out of Business Sale" in the 'states'.

    And as for those who commenting on Obama's lack of experience ... stop drinking the Kool-Aid. That is a right-wing, GOP, Republican argument designed to make an insane old man more attractive to the electorate, and it is bogus. Stateside, that argument has already failed miserably. So if that remains your concern, cinch-up your shorts and live-with-it, coz Obama is our guy. Done & done.

    BloggerRadio
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:33 PM
  • Why does anyone waist even one minit thinking about anything they think , much less say out laoud . everyone of them have many more importnt things to worry about at home , and as far as the UK , when they fix thier borders and stop spending the millions of pounds on that dryed up old hagg they call a queen and use it for thier own people who need it more ,then maybe the rest of the world will start listing to them until then , fix your own troubles and keep still !Right now thier opinion and 20 pounds will get you a liter of fuel !

    james woodard
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:33 PM
  • How is that the comments about an article involving the next presidential election ends up sounding like a bunch of people arguing over whose football team is better. Seriously most of these comments just end up sounding like "Dude you sux McCain RULES!!" or "F U man Obama Rocks". This is not Monday night football this politics. May be instead of just picking a side and sticking with it you might want to do something that make sense like researching your decision to see if you support all of your candidates views not just whether or not their going to allow gays to get married, allow women to get abortions or continue the oh so popular war on terror. Also for the people how are "Appalled" that a survey like this would be done. Wake up the US is a world power and some of the decisions it makes will affect other countries so it makes sense that other countries aside from us would be interested in how the election turns out. I am so sorry it didn't work our for your candidate but coming here leaving barely coherent remarks about how stupid the people running it are or how because of this indiscretion you will refuse to help out Britain in their next war is not helping the worlds view of us. I will say though it is hilarious that you think so highly of yourself that you think you have any decision on what wars America gets involved in. And Britain based on a lot of these comments we may be a little short for the next war you can cover us right? Come on we will totally pay you back.

    Dan Whittaker
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:31 PM
  • To Brendan, Commenter #249, riddle me this Batman, define for us, if you dare, what 'experience' does qualify one to be a reliable U.S. President ...

    ... after which, I will provide you with a never-ending string of examples where history will prove your criteria to be as imprecise as a crystal ball.

    There is NO specific 'experience' which can properly / adequately prepare one to be U.S. Prez, Sir.

    You'll simply have to trust the electorate not to allow a 3rd consecutive election to be subverted and stolen.

    It is not the individual qualifications or experience of man or woman who becomes President, but rather the energy that the electorate infuses in him/her that provides Presidential strength. The majority did not elect George Bush. Together with the Supreme Court, it was a non-violent coup, and the 2nd time it was simply stolen.

    Hang-on, you are about to witness a rather historic non-violent response to that original theft. As they say, 'the wheels of Justice turn slowly' ... in this case, they have been set in motion, I assure you. And, they are about to steamroll 'the dark-siders' of these past 8 years.

    BloggerRadio
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:29 PM
  • First of all even though the US did not single handedly win WWII. The Russians would likely have ended up with a stalemate without the US opening a second front and using their air power to destroy Germany's military industrial complex(something the Russians were incapable of doing). This would have resulted with Germany still occupying much of France and millions of lives lost for nothing.
    So lets look at Obama. He is not a man that has built his career as an independent, as many of his supporters like to think. He has became politically powerful by rubbing elbows with those special interests who control his party. He is no different than GW or any other politician. The only difference between him and GW is that he rose to power through the LEFT instead of the RIGHT. Wake up folks he is just as much an insider as Clinton or McCain. The fact that he is a product of the socialist left is why he is more popular in Europe.
    No offense to our European friends but I want no part of their form of Governments. They speak of individual liberty, but if you take a closer look have very little and lose more on a daily basis mostly in the name of a "safer more peaceful society".
    One last thing, a gentleman had mentioned how Europe had been more open to other cultures and he did not see that as much from America. Being open to cultures that wish to destroy you is not a virtue it is foolishness. Also multiculturalism as it is defined by academics in Europe as well as the US is doomed to fail. It is common culture, language, morals, and values that hold nations together not lofty ideas and pipe dreams. There is a difference between respecting a culture and foolishly embracing cultures in the name RELATIVISM. The last word in that last sentence will be the death of the west, both US and Europe

    Relativism=NO Truth=No Justice=No Liberty=SLAVERY

    KP Caldwell
    on May 30, 2008
    at 05:28 PM
  • Boner, please do not despair. I do not share the view of these 5 countries. Bordering on treason, I support American mainstream political parties than those of my country. I view such anti American view exhibited by the public and fostered by the media here is racist. As a coloured person, what is the hope for me if such anti-American racism, caused by envy, is allowed unchecked. Most of the world do not share such view and would prefer John McCain as President to preserve a strong USA to help guarantee your freedom and ironically, the freedom of other countries. George W Bush is the most popular President in Africa. Barack Obama would be popular only among Luo tribe in Kenya, that of his ancestors. Most of Indians and Chinese and favour Republicans in USA, too. Without such robust USA, most of the countries would become slaves to Islamic terror based blackmail. This is why people, like me, care that Americans would make the right choice to preserve a strong USA. McCain has not had the air time in these countries. When he does he would be the popular choice in these 5 countries, too.

    Hyder Ali
    on May 30, 2008
    at 04:56 PM
  • "Posted by Boner on May 30, 2008 03:52 PM
    Why are Europeans (and the rest of the world) so concerned with the US? I have always found it strange when you go to Europe and turn on the radio you are listening to American Music, you turn on the TV and you see American TV shows, You go to a movie and you see an American movie. The vast majority of Americans couldnt tell you who the Prime Minister of the UK is or for that matter what is a Prime Minister. I have never taken a poll on UK elections and really don't give a s4i7. Can anyone answer why the world hates the US but can't get enough of us?"

    You make an exceptional point Boner. As a brit, I really don't want American Hip hop, rap, soul and R&B. I don't want the Black American vulgar culture with everyone walking about with their jeans around their knees. I don't want the Beverley Hills 90210 bitch culture. I don't want the 'no second place' culture. I don't want the American Lawyer and sue culture. I don't want to turn on the TV and watch countless American shows. I'm sick fed up of watching BBC analysis of the American Democratic Run off. I'm tired of constantly seeing Baseball, Football & Basketball on the TV. I hate going past old pubs that heve been turned into American style Bars and lap dancing clubs. I'm sick of watching our news which is mirrored on US News. In fact I'm sick of American Culture in the UK Boner, but I like America and Americans and find them friendly and respesctable people. If I wanted to immerse myself in American Culture I'd live in the USA.
    Boner, our country has been Americanised. It is also being Islamified. We have lost our moral backbone and our culture and we are unable to do anything as those whom we elect into power lie in order to boost their bank balance and personal status. In fact Boner, our government and politicians are becoming like American politicians.
    The more America sells it's programmes and enforces it's cultures abroad the more people will be angry at losing their culture to American, greed, me, me, me culture. We are losing our identity to America and Islam and are kicking out the very thing that makes British people British and that's British Culture. It's really sad

    Mark leaving London
    on May 30, 2008
    at 04:51 PM
  • American an British people have one thing in common, we all need to wake up and realise the current crop of politicians on both sides of the pond are far more interested in lining their own pockets than acting in the interests of those who elected them.

    Phil Medway
    on May 30, 2008
    at 04:44 PM
  • I'm confused why The Telegraph which is a "RIGHTY" is promoting Obama who is a "LEFTY".
    As the noble Pauleen used to say in OZ, " please explain "

    john cook
    on May 30, 2008
    at 04:42 PM
  • What a slim grasp of history some
    Americans have.....While my father was fighting the Nazi's from 1939-41 the US corporations were selling oil and ballbearings to the Nazi regime.

    We in the South pacific have the Japanese to thank for dragging the US kicking and screaming into the war. All British assets in the US were sold down at 20c in the dollar before the Brits could get hold of 50 old destoyers.. "lend lease" my backside

    rex barron
    on May 30, 2008
    at 04:38 PM
  • If the US hadnt supported the UK in the Second World War...
    We'd have lost the Battle of the Atlantic to the Uboats and promptly been starved into surrender, starved of food, fuel, equipment, ammunition
    We'd have lost SE Asia, Australia, New Zealand and possibly even India to the Japanese, We certainly wouldnt have been able to recruit forces from there.

    Dominic
    on May 30, 2008
    at 04:35 PM
  • This is exactly why he will lose

    paul rath
    on May 30, 2008
    at 04:34 PM
  • I wonder if the poll included the other two presidential candidates as well: Nader and Barr.

    How many Europeans know it's not just the democratic and republican candidates running?

    The Telegraph certainly has made no effort to inform people of these other choices, it is a shame. The elections page is so biased towards the democratic and republican candidates that it seems like a us news agency. At least add these other campaigns' webpages to the list of external links.

    Juan
    on May 30, 2008
    at 04:30 PM
  • What a laughable concept. Americans don't care what Europeans think, Many of us still believe in freedom. We know what happens when a country bans guns (How's the crime rate these days England? Still the worst in the world?)

    Be surprise the the poll was between Socialist John McCain and Communist Barack Obama... never mind Ron Paul or a libertarian candidate for that matter.

    EU, we don't want to be you.

    Collin Williams
    on May 30, 2008
    at 04:29 PM
  • Do you really think that the American public gives a damn about what Europeans think?

    You people are disgusting.

    John Dendy
    on May 30, 2008
    at 04:10 PM
  • Dean @ 1.13pm - brilliant comment, well put. None of the Americans I know would be so put out by my offering an opinion on their elections, and I certainly welcome theirs on ours (even if I don't share their enthusiasm for Mr Tone). We're allies and friends and rightly so. I prefer Obama, but I'd be happy with McCain. I just wish some of these doctrinaire wingnuts on here realise that they sound like 1970s Trotskyites at their worst.


    David, Cambridge, UK
    on May 30, 2008
    at 03:53 PM
  • Why are Europeans (and the rest of the world) so concerned with the US? I have always found it strange when you go to Europe and turn on the radio you are listening to American Music, you turn on the TV and you see American TV shows, You go to a movie and you see an American movie. The vast majority of Americans couldnt tell you who the Prime Minister of the UK is or for that matter what is a Prime Minister. I have never taken a poll on UK elections and really don't give a s4i7. Can anyone answer why the world hates the US but can't get enough of us?

    Boner
    on May 30, 2008
    at 03:52 PM
  • I'm a middle class American. I have travelled in Britain, France and other parts of Europe. I will tell you, I find your National Health Service and your high taxes appalling. If Mr Obama gets into office we will see a doubling of our taxes. I really don't want to pay the Government any more than I already do. I pay for health insurance and I know I will be able to get excellent treatment for any illness I have. Not have to wait months even years or go to Tailand for treatment. Yes, Europe wants Mr Obama because he is porgressive just as Europe is. I'm not fond of Mr. Bush and I am reserving judgement on the Iraq war. But I find Mr Obama a unturthful and misleading politican. I find he will do what he thinks is necessary to be elected. It is all smoke and mirrors. If he put actions where is mouth is: We would see a major difference in the South side of Chicago where he is from. That area is one of the worst areas and nothing has been done except blame everyone else but themselves. He hasn't made a difference there in 20 years.I believe we need to look beneath the surface of a person when they sound too good to be true. Looking at Mr Obama I find a man who really is a politian and wants redistribution of wealth and socialism. In other words a Socialist.

    sandra thomsen
    on May 30, 2008
    at 03:51 PM
  • Barack Obama is windbag with no substance on policy.

    If he were elected as President he would fail for lack of experience and his inherent pacifism.

    John McCain has experience and is a realist. He is the only rational choice US citizens have.

    James Adams
    on May 30, 2008
    at 03:50 PM
  • Barack Obama is windbag with no substance on policy.

    If he were elected as President he would fail for lack of experience and his inherent pacifism.

    John McCain has experience and is a realist. He is the only rational choice US citizens have.

    James Adams
    on May 30, 2008
    at 03:49 PM
  • Barack Obama is windbag with no substance on policy.

    If he were elected as President he would fail for lack of experience and his inherent pacifism.

    John McCain has experience and is a realist. He is the only rational choice US citizens have.

    James Adams
    on May 30, 2008
    at 03:49 PM
  • Obama will beat McCain by 20% easy.

    amacdoo
    on May 30, 2008
    at 03:48 PM
  • Europeans admire weakness as a virtue: not a shock they chose Obama. Especially since similar polls show Europeans would like a weaker America (be careful about you wish for, what if Barry pulls out all those American bases providing a protective umbrella).

    Darren
    on May 30, 2008
    at 03:47 PM
  • Others that indorse Senator Obama are Hamas, Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, Islamic Jihad, Palestinians in Gaza, Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, The Communist Party of the USA, The Democratic Socialists of America, Freedom Socialist Party, just to name a few.

    I wonder why?

    Dave
    on May 30, 2008
    at 03:46 PM
  • As for WW2, the Americans expediated the end, they didn�t contribute toward the end however. In the USA they are spoonfed this nonsense that if it wasn�t for them we would be speaking German, however that is far from the truth. The reason Americans want to believe this is that they badly want something that they haven�t got but certain European nations have; namely, a glorious military history.

    S.A.Bob
    on May 30, 2008
    at 03:38 PM
  • To the bighearted Brit who wrote:
    "So in response to the above, BIG Thanks for helping us out in WW2, that was really great. But kind of pointless if inaction on Climate Change, Iraq war/Terrorism, Rapant Corporate greed and corruption and all the other factors condemns the grandchildren of that generation to a hot, hungry and crowded planet and the collapse of our culture. 
"

    Don't understand your vitriol. Aren't we supposed to be cousins, the Americans and the British? We would leap to defend you, and hope you'd do likewise. There are real and true barbarians on this Earth, bloodthirsty and backwards. They'd kill you as quickly as they'd kill us, you know. Honestly look at world events in the past 7 years and please tell me that's not true?
    We should hang together. For shame, if you really think we are so far apart. We aren't.

    New Yorker
    on May 30, 2008
    at 03:35 PM
  • Thank God we don't take you folks over there very seriously.

    Larryl
    on May 30, 2008
    at 02:50 PM
  • Barack Obama is windbag with no substance on policy.

    If he were elected as President he would fail for lack of experience and his inherent pacifism.

    John McCain has experience and is a realist. He is the only rational choice US citizens have.

    James Adams
    on May 30, 2008
    at 02:47 PM
  • Those posters seem to be taking an incredibly blinkered view that we have a straight choice between either being allies with the US or suddenly linking arms with Radical Muslim Extremists. This isn't a choice between one or the other. There are other options available. Surely war should be the last option once all other options have been exhausted ?
    As for those saying that we should be grateful for the US support in WW2, yes their involvement was key, but does that mean that we should subsequently agree with everything that they do or say ? Is that 'democracy'? It clearly isn't.
    Saying that McCain should be in charge because he has military experience does have some (although in my view, very limited) merit. I think that the American people have other concerns than just their country's military presence in other countries. Health, the domestic economy and equality would probably be bigger issues for the average American. Continuing the Republican march towards tax cuts for the rich and continuing polarising of the rich and poor, together with bumping up the number of troops in Iraq and military threats to Iran only appeals to the rich and war-mongerers, and will cause more divisions between themselves and the rest of the world.

    Good luck Mr Obama. McCain should stick to what he's good at - making lovely tasty oven chips.

    slim n slender
    on May 30, 2008
    at 02:45 PM
  • As someone who lived through WW2
    and appreciated how much our country was helped by America, I am ashamed of the antics of the left wingers and liberals who are infiltrating and contaminating all levels of our society and ever ready to criticise the USA. This is not the England I once knew and loved. In this uncertain world let's hope that we do not have to rely on their helping us again. Good luck to McCain.
    Anglo Saxon.

    bazzer
    on May 30, 2008
    at 01:16 PM
  • There is so much anger on this site, it's unbelievable.

    Some Americans have posted comments telling us to remember WWll, and adding that if we ever need help in the future, we shouldn't expect it from the USA.
    Some Brits have read these comments and have poured scorn on them and mocked Americans for their ignorance and their views.

    For God's sake, how small minded and petty can people be!

    Whatever your individual views on the Irag war, don't let a few comments on a blog distort your views.

    To the Americans, we are very grateful for your help in WWll and we are proud to have you as friends and long may it continue.
    Please don't take offence if we say that GWB is unpopular, or we think he is the most derided president in recent years. It's a view some people have and this is a free forum to share those views, but by saying he is unpopular, that doesn't mean we don't value our relationship with America the country, or the American people who I personally have found to be charming, friendly, honest, welcoming, honourable and kind.

    To the Brits who think most Americans are small minded and petty, or who hate America for their foreign policy or their participation in Iraq, think of this.

    Would you rather have America as a friend or a foe?
    Would you rather try and appease and befriend Iran, North Korea or Syria?

    Would you like to continue living in a free world, where you can do mostly what you like when you like and are free to express an opinion without fear.
    Or, would you rather accept and embrace a radical extremist muslim view of taking over the World, obliterating Israel from the map and the conversion of all faiths into one single muslim faith.

    (And to modest, peace loving Muslims everywhere, this doesn't mean you, I am referring to your extremist brothers here).

    Perhaps for some of you this is a difficult choice, but for me, and I imagine millions like me, it's not a difficult choice.
    America are a force for good and I am embarrassed, seriously embarrassed at some of the ridiculous postings on this blog.

    Dean
    on May 30, 2008
    at 01:13 PM
  • Why all this concern over the presidency?
    I couldn't care who gets in as last I knew I live in the UK and UK matters are far more important than Americans. Ah, but what about the investment from America in the UK? I don't give two hoots about American investment. What about British Investment, you know, from the people who are from the UK? Reckon that might get better or are we going to continue blindly down the road of destruction with Brown at the Helm of the Looney Left?
    I am not Anti American, far from it, I'm pro American, but let American's bother about their elections and it would be nice if people in the UK actually bothered about 'their' elections and weren't so apathetic.
    However, if I was an American, I'd vote for McCain. Why? Well in this time of global terrorism, you need a strong man whose first concern will be the defence of the USA. Obama is not that man and a conservative/republican is what America needs. If Obama gets in, he'll be inviting Osama Bin Laden and the terrorists to Washington for a slap up meal and he will, probably, with the help of Minister Louis Farakhan, fast track the USA into becoming an Islamic State, not in his term of office, but will certainly get the ball rolling.
    There was a saying when I was growing up - "Look after your own backyard before telling others to look after theirs". This is a great saying and now a dead one in the UK along with most other great definitions of Britishness Social liberalism has obliterated from this country.
    Good luck to America. You need a strong leader, your choice, your vote, but remember the world's economy is changing. China is growing at an alarming rate along with India. Russia's becoming more and more Nationalistic and heading back into Communism and Al Qaeda is planning Nuclear Attacks in the USA and Europe. Do you really think Obama has the balls to protect your country? I certainly don't. I think he will start the ball rolling to America's destruction.

    Mark leaving London
    on May 30, 2008
    at 01:10 PM
  • There is no difference between Obama, McCain and Clinton. They are all CFR globalists. In Europe the most popular candidate among intelligent, literate and informed people is Ron Paul. He is still in the race so there is still hope. His new book The Revolution - A Manifesto is on sale at Amazon.

    Dr. Ron Paul for President 2008. He has the cure.

    David Robertson
    on May 30, 2008
    at 01:06 PM
  • The factors that determine the winner of this election will shape the image of the USA to the rest of the world and will act as a yardstick where to respect USA or not. We are watching.

    simone
    on May 30, 2008
    at 01:04 PM
  • Is it just me, or have the majority of the anti-Obama sentiments posted here reeked of a lack of decent education? Not all, just most. Yes, it's obviously just me. I'm such a snob.

    Simon Fratello
    on May 30, 2008
    at 12:36 PM
  • "I think most Europeans are liberals"

    Is this because the rest of the world is confused, and the good ole U.S. of A. is the only bastion of common sense left on the globe?

    I think if you look at the state of our economy, environment, education, and society in general, it should be pretty obvious this isn't the case.

    Somone's mentality isn't working in the modern world, and something tells me it's ours.

    James
    on May 30, 2008
    at 12:15 PM
  • "I think most Europeans are liberals"

    Is this because the rest of the world is confused, and the good ole U.S. of A. is the only bastion of common sense left on the globe?

    I think if you look at the state of our economy, environment, education, and society in general, it should be pretty obvious this isn't the case.

    Somone's mentality isn't working in the modern world, and something tells me it's ours.

    James
    on May 30, 2008
    at 12:15 PM
  • I'm really astonished on why so many fellow Americans are having negative reaction on the result of the European survey. I�m working here in Texas for last one year and almost all the people are very friendly and it is a nice place to live & work. But I found that people are pointing the Mr. Obama as �black�, having middle name �Hussein� etc. In real world, I don�t think that this really matters. US people only elected him as senator and he got victory in so many states against Mrs. Clinton during democrat presidential candidate selection. People should vote based on the candidate�s past performance, his/her policies instead of his/her body color, middle name or whether Europeans are against of him or supporting him. I think that then only �our way of life�, �our way of democracy� like statements will show the true charisma over here. Best wishes for both Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama � United we stand divided we fall.

    DEB - India
    on May 30, 2008
    at 12:14 PM
  • I'm English and consider America to be the best nation on the planet by a clear margin. Unfortunately they are headed in the same political direction as Europe in terms of idiotic socialists like Obama, he is just Blair with more melanin. OK so he's charismatic, so bloody what? I sat on the front row of an invited audience with Blair in 1996 and saw his ability to work a room, he was absolutley brilliant at it!! My Father and I came away saying WOW what a performance. My despair is how many people are swayed by performances. I hate to say it but most human beings are very poor judges of character. Con men are successful because they win people over by charm and charisma. For this read Obama.

    Geroge Bush may be unpopular everywhere however his job (which everyone should consider very carefully how they would cope before throwing bombs in his direction) is to protect the American people. That's it, thats his job, not to protect us or make us like him. He has been successful at that narrow part of his brief. He was, as most seem to forget, the poor sod who had to pick up the pieces from 9/11 caused by the inaction of the Democrat Clinton who sat on his hands when he had the opportunity to take Bin Laden from Somalia.

    I am far more dissappointed with the handling of the Iraq issue than the fact it occurred in the first place. The CPA were grossly incompetant and created a much larger problem than needed to occur through idiotic decisions to disband the Army and to not allow any member of the Ba'ath Party to hold a government job - this put all soldiers, doctors, teachers, adminstrators out of a job all at the same time .... what crass idiocy.

    No Child Left behind is pretty stupid too.

    GWBush is not a conservative he behaved like a Democrat on spending.

    America is a country built on the fairest constitution in the world and where - in law if not practice - the liberty of the individual is enshrined.

    Bad people are everywhere and mistakes and evil things happen everywhere but bye and large they are not tolerated under law in A,erica as they are in many barbaric countires around the world.
    That does not make America bad -comparitively they are very, very good.

    Europe is about to go post democratic - that means no liberty for the individual folks - so less throwing stones I think.

    As soon as I can sell my company I'm off to the states where I'll settle in a state that has the most conservative laws that protect the individual against the 'state' feberal or otherwise.

    RDG
    on May 30, 2008
    at 12:07 PM
  • Aha. It seems I am one of the 15%.

    I think YouGov's selection must be considered suspect. Anecodtal evidence suggests this result is far removed from the truth.

    I look forward to a McCain presidency. Obama is unfit to be the leader of a superpower, if his performance to date is to be regarded as an indicator. The occasional slip show he has a hidden agenda. It is not that well hidden.

    John in London
    on May 30, 2008
    at 11:57 AM
  • The only reason ever the USA sent their "savior" army to Europe, was because the Red Army had already won WWII, and they were afraid that unless they create a new front, the whole of Europe would fall to the URSS FULL STOP. Before they were financing Hitler to help Germany invade Russia and in that way destroying both without having to shed one drop of their blood!! The Russians will always be USA/UK enemy, communism was just an excuse, as all the "isms" , what they want is Russia and its enormous resources.

    Gus
    on May 30, 2008
    at 11:57 AM
  • Posted by ron on May 30, 2008 06:59 AM
    Please tell all your British "subjects" to keep your damn entertainers there. Us Evil Americans are sick of making them rich. As for the rest of you, up yours. Next time Europe has troubles (ie. WW II) please don't bother calling us. You can talk your way out of it.



    Dear Ron, no one called you to save Europe in 1944. In fact, we (russians) have already saved half of it by that (or occupied, if you like).You always put your nose in other's affairs, so don't be surprised on the reaction.

    Tolissimus
    on May 30, 2008
    at 11:56 AM
  • As a native born American I enjoyed reading all the British comments. I plan to vote for Obama not only because of his charisma but because of the way he approaches problems and the conclusions he reaches. He has shown exellent judgement regarding the War in Iraq. He is willing to meet our enemies which means diplomacy will again become part of the American approach to foreign affairs. Most Americans will breath a sigh of relief when GW Bush leaves the White House. I include him in that group. Its been a very bad 8 years.

    Jay Freeman
    on May 30, 2008
    at 11:48 AM
  • Worried aout "untried" Barack Obama? Every American President is "untried" as far as world politics is concerned. That's why so many of them make a hash of it. The really "experienced" candidate is Hillary Clinton. God help us if she ever got into the Oval office with its red telephone

    Alan Carcas
    on May 30, 2008
    at 11:48 AM
  • UK was stupid enough to throw out Churchill even after he contributed to WW II, France was conqureed twice, Germany Spain and Italy do we really need to bring up Facisim. Guess your choices leave soom room for disagreement.
    Also Linclon, Truman, and Reagan all left office unpopular; Reagan hated by Europe, all admired today.

    John
    on May 30, 2008
    at 11:42 AM
  • 10. Posted by James on May 30, 2008 07:14 AM
    How typical, here come all the conservatives from the Drudge Report.

    "How dare you", "glad you can't vote", blah blah blah.

    It's time the rest of my fellow Americans realize it is important how we are viewed in the world. We need allies and friends, without them, we're outnumbered!

    Thanks for that whitty insight James. World view does not American policy make. Our interests trump whether or not the italians like us. The Islamic fascists would like us dead. If you want to make sure their happy, then thats your problem. We simply do not need the world telling us what to do. We are the only peaceful superpower and I believe we have excercised our will quite sparingly. But if i were president, I would be happy to pull ALL of our troops back from every country in the world and let them have at eachother. A month would not pass without the world needing our help or leadership and I would wager all that I have on that. The world needs to accept that yes, we are rich, yes we are a young country, and yes, we just happen to be the big kid on the play ground. For people that are supposed to be sophisticated and worldly, they seem to act pretty childish and envious. So yes, Ill have my say and though outnumbered, i guarantee we will never be outgunned :)

    Todd
    on May 30, 2008
    at 11:42 AM
  • 26. Posted by Phoebe on May 30, 2008 06:59 AM - Glad you people are not Americans,as you hate democracy, are left-wing liberals, and love high taxes!!!! That's why you don't live in the great USA. Stay home, don't buy our real estate, don't envy our lifestyle!

    Actually, I am an American and also British. I love Democracy, but do not see it here. Thank you for stating that left-wing liberals are un-American. That says it all.
    The right wing "Hannityites" here are turning America into a fear-filled and ignorant fascist state. American's need social change not an irrational fear of the word socialism.

    ExpatUSA
    on May 30, 2008
    at 11:41 AM
  • DT your articles are deteriorating fast. Are you tring to become like the Express and Mail?

    bezz
    on May 30, 2008
    at 11:41 AM
  • I will omit to comment on the posts that my predecessors have posted herein, and will address only the article itself. Mr Blair, your entire article is flawed. Some of the suggestions contained in it are offensive, some are hillarious, but all of them are utterly WRONG.

    Besides opinion polls being unreliable, and the DT NOT representing the British people, I wish to underline the fact that the current President is NOT to blame for America's unpopularity. Although opinion polls do show that he has increased the number of anti-Americans here and there, anti-Americanism is an old sentiments whose roots reach far deeper than one man and his Admin. In the case of Britain, it's because the former colonial power feels an inferiority complex towards the nation it opressed in the past. Anti-Americanism is such an old phenomenon that there are as many brands of it as there are European countries.

    Zbigniew Mazurak
    on May 30, 2008
    at 10:58 AM
  • I am not suprised at all with these results.Obama is the best of all three not only for humanity but also for the US. This man can bring back to the US the lost prestige and the lost friends.So i very much hope that he will be the next President of the United States of America!

    Haris
    on May 30, 2008
    at 10:57 AM
  • I do love to read an American telling others to stay out of their internal affairs. Fantastic.
    The UK is not so Obama mad because we just got rid of one PM who was full of fancy ideas and time for change slogans.
    He was the second worst PM on record after the current incumbent. They have done irreperable damage to the UK. "Things can only get better, tough on crime tough on the causes of crime, we will be whiter than white" Obamaesque slogans, only time will tell.

    Paul Antony
    on May 30, 2008
    at 10:53 AM
  • I love the American people. I Love American culture, their unbridled optimism and their can-do attitude. I love that they are friendly and helpful. I have visited America many times and always found people there to be warm, generous and inviting. I love their constitution and bill of rights. I love that they overthrew British Tyranny and established a great republic.

    Unfortunately I hate that they have allowed the current corrupt lying administration to wreck all of that. I hate that they want to replace that administration with another just as corrupt. That they do not learn from history, that they had a chance with Ron Paul to make a positive change in the world, but that they will just put a "new lick of paint on the same old chicken-hawk box"

    I hate that after the blatant lies told to start a war, and the criminal outing of Valerie Plame and the wrecking of the vitally important anti-proliferation work her team was conducting, all in a fit of spite by Bush and Cheney, That the Democrats still took impeachment off the table.

    The former whitehouse press secretary, Scott Mclellan, has blown the lid and admitted what the blogosphere has been saying for years. The Bush administration knowingly told lies to start the Iraq war.

    The mainstream media is now in a scramble to distance themeselves from their own deliberate and willfull collusion in a known lie.

    Americans need to educate themselves.

    America, you CAN do better.

    Ken Hall
    on May 30, 2008
    at 10:51 AM
  • " Posted by LA Guy on May 30, 2008 06:42 AM

    I left Britain for the USA 12 years ago. I'm now a US citizen and becoming one was the best thing I ever did. I'm sorry for Britain and the rest of Europe, its a sad, futureless place I left behind. I can see why you dislike strong American leaders, they show up Europe's weakness and failure "



    For such a relatively small country, the UK is now the World's 4th richest economy.

    If you had to go and join a rag bag nation of 3rd World immigrants and ex slaves, you must have been a REAL failure here...?

    Enjoy working until you're at least 75 years old, you Loser.

    And dont use up your 2 weeks annual vaction up in one go.

    and pray like mad you dont get a work related ulcer or heart attack in the meantime.

    Martin, UK
    on May 30, 2008
    at 10:51 AM
  • I'm English and consider America to be the best nation on the planet by a clear margin. Unfortunately they are headed in the same political direction as Europe in terms of idiotic socialists like Obama, he is just Blair with more melanin. OK so he's charismatic, so bloody what? I sat on the front row of an invited audience with Blair in 1996 and saw his ability to work a room, he was absolutley brilliant at it!! My Father and I came away saying WOW what a performance. My despair is how many people are swayed by performances. I hate to say it but most human beings are very poor judges of character. Con men are successful because they win people over by charm and charisma. For this read Obama.

    Geroge Bush may be unpopular everywhere however his job (which everyone should consider very carefully how they would cope before throwing bombs in his direction) is to protect the American people. That's it, thats his job, not to protect us or make us like him. He has been successful at that narrow part of his brief. He was, as most seem to forget, the poor sod who had to pick up the pieces from 9/11 caused by the inaction of the Democrat Clinton who sat on his hands when he had the opportunity to take Bin Laden from Somalia.

    I am far more dissappointed with the handling of the Iraq issue than the fact it occurred in the first place. The CPA were grossly incompetant and created a much larger problem than needed to occur through idiotic decisions to disband the Army and to not allow any member of the Ba'ath Party to hold a government job - this put all soldiers, doctors, teachers, adminstrators out of a job all at the same time .... what crass idiocy.

    No Child Left behind is pretty stupid too.

    GWBush is not a conservative he behaved like a Democrat on spending.

    America is a country built on the fairest constitution in the world and where - in law if not practice - the liberty of the individual is enshrined.

    Bad people are everywhere and mistakes and evil things happen everywhere but bye and large they are not tolerated under law in A,erica as they are in many barbaric countires around the world.
    That does not make America bad -comparitively they are very, very good.

    Europe is about to go post democratic - that means no liberty for the individual folks - so less throwing stones I think.

    As soon as I can sell my company I'm off to the states where I'll settle in a state that has the most conservative laws that protect the individual against the 'state' feberal or otherwise.

    RDG
    on May 30, 2008
    at 10:50 AM
  • While this poll is nice, it doesn't matter at all and to the person who wrote thanks for wwII but screw you america because you dont buy into the global warming BS, I say flip off pal. Global warming is global government and we are not so stupid to easily buy into that. We paid for WWII with our blood. And it is jerks like you who really tick us off and make us say to hell with the rest of the world. I dont give two bits about your or the worlds opinion. American Strength and American superior power is what will preserve peace in this world. Secondly your wrong on global warming pal. Four words debunk it immediately " IT SNOWED IN BAGHDAD." Whats even more hilarious is your God Al Gore got snowed in during a global warming talk. What gaul

    Todd
    on May 30, 2008
    at 10:46 AM
  • As Chris on May 29, 2008 07:07 PM pointed out... Ron Paul is not only against the war in Iraq, he is against any US Imperialism, and is a GENUINE republican, the only one of these the Republican party has had for eons.

    Natalie Drest
    on May 30, 2008
    at 10:33 AM
  • I am not sure why our American friends are getting so uptight about this. A paltry 6000 out of 300 million EU citizens responded to this poll which most of us didn't even know existed.
    The result is not worth the paper it was printed on.
    I don't understand why a reasonably respected newspaper such as the DT would even give print space to this non-event.

    Jeff Hyman
    on May 30, 2008
    at 10:00 AM
  • >Posted by Mike Saxon on May 29, >2008 11:47 PM> Try minding your own affairs and stop trying to meddle in US internal politics.>

    Funny..... haven't the Chinese been saying the same to the Americans for years.

    Nick in Shanghai
    on May 30, 2008
    at 07:52 AM
  • To the bighearted Brit who wrote:
    "So in response to the above, BIG Thanks for helping us out in WW2, that was really great. But kind of pointless if inaction on Climate Change, Iraq war/Terrorism, Rapant Corporate greed and corruption and all the other factors condemns the grandchildren of that generation to a hot, hungry and crowded planet and the collapse of our culture. 
"

    Don't understand your vitriol. Aren't we supposed to be cousins, the Americans and the British? We would leap to defend you, and hope you'd do likewise. There are real and true barbarians on this Earth, bloodthirsty and backwards. They'd kill you as quickly as they'd kill us, you know. Honestly look at world events in the past 7 years and please tell me that's not true?
    We should hang together. For shame, if you really think we are so far apart. We aren't.

    New Yorker
    on May 30, 2008
    at 07:51 AM
  • It's unfortunate to read so many rude responses from fellow Americans, which only reinforces the notion that we are ill-mannered, ethnocentric war mongers. To remind my fellow countrymen, we do have a rather obscure constitutional amendment that provides the freedom to engage in open and public discourse. Whilst it may seem limited to the borders of the United States, it would be awfully hypocritical to deny the rest of the world the opportunity to express their opinion. And when those of you with disdain for the rest of the world as "who cares?", I think the answer is - Obama, Clinton, and McCain. That's who. They care very much, since all them understand we live in a global economy and there is a lot of ground to make up after 8 years of Bush foreign policy.

    TR
    on May 30, 2008
    at 07:19 AM
  • And now go back and ask those polled who is Obama senator for amd how long has he been their senator.

    Their answer would provide an interesting adjunct to this poll.

    Pitiful article.

    A May
    on May 30, 2008
    at 07:17 AM
  • Who cares who Europe would elect as the US president, it's painfully obvious they are look after European interests.

    That said it doesn't really matter who of the three will win. It just goes to show that Europeans are only concerned with appearances and hype, they have no idea which candidate is the best.

    Jeffrey
    on May 30, 2008
    at 07:15 AM
  • Is this a news story? Why should anybody in America, let alone Britain, care who is the front runner in the imaginary race to secure the votes of apathetic and/or hostile foreigners in an election that is never going to happen?

    Neil
    on May 30, 2008
    at 07:15 AM
  • Not exactly surprising results. UK citizens pretty much loathe Blair and the Iraq mess so Bush/McCain must be deeply unpopular. Much of Europe shares the hatred of Bush, AND Russia is engaged in recreating a sense of its own importance and power, and thus is jealous and resentful of the US. Italy is generally Anglophile and is a little wary of the EU, and so they warm more to UK and US.

    Why does the Telegraph need to prove what is quite obvious already.

    NicolasOGorman
    on May 30, 2008
    at 07:15 AM
  • How typical, here come all the conservatives from the Drudge Report.

    "How dare you", "glad you can't vote", blah blah blah.

    It's time the rest of my fellow Americans realize it is important how we are viewed in the world. We need allies and friends, without them, we're outnumbered!

    James
    on May 30, 2008
    at 07:14 AM
  • Ah - diddums - I'm afraid the US won't so all the leftie whiners can lump it.

    If McCain or Clinton advertise this poll Obama is even more sure never to see the inside of the Whitehouse

    Edward Green
    on May 30, 2008
    at 07:14 AM
  • Londonistan and the Eu Caliphate have been heard from.

    Douglas
    on May 30, 2008
    at 07:14 AM
  • Obama cannot change anything that Congress will not let him change. After Bush, and with most Republicans soon to take a hike, it leaves him with less of a chance.

    Wayne Reeves
    on May 30, 2008
    at 07:14 AM
  • Funny, you folks are always so wrong ...

    Teri Blaine
    on May 30, 2008
    at 07:14 AM
  • I would prefer OBAMA any day of the week.
    Compared to all of these "experienced" criminals running the country now.
    what's worse - higher taxes or you inability to feed your family and put gas in your car - like it is now.

    what is the difference?

    Just as McCellan fessed up to the truth - all of these people who voted for GWB will one day say - HE IS THE WORST PRESIDENT EVER. NO WONDER THE REST OF THE WORLD HATES US.

    Traci
    on May 30, 2008
    at 07:14 AM
  • Next time EU needs help from anything, don't bother to call on us. Pick someone else...perhaps Putin in Russia, or the Chinese. My father must be rolling over in his grave to think that he ever gave 2 years of his life to help any of you. It's truly amazing how all of you can confuse your hatred of one man to an entire country. Tell me of another country that would have send an army through Europe, beaten the enemy, and then not only given the entire area back to the residents, but paid out billions to rebuild all the bombed out cities?

    Janet Fuls
    on May 30, 2008
    at 07:13 AM
  • What does this poll have to do with the price of eggs in China?? SO WHAT....?

    dave riffey sr
    on May 30, 2008
    at 07:13 AM
  • Articles like this tell me all I need to know about Britain, and Barack. Ungrateful socialist losers

    civilnomore
    on May 30, 2008
    at 07:13 AM
  • Obama posesses a charismatic presence not seen since the days of Regan or even JFK. His greatest strength is his ability to inspire and motivate his audience, and this includes not only Americans but people around the world. McCain, conversely, is possibly one of the most uninspiring presidential candidates since Bob Dole so these poll results are not at all suprising. I predict a landslide victory for Obama, and a refreshing reversal in global opinion towards the United States.

    Mark
    on May 30, 2008
    at 07:13 AM
  • Par for the course. I think most Europeans are liberals so this isn't a shocker. The majority of Europeans like the idea of socialism and appeasement as do the Democrats. Most people are easily mislead with the "Bush's 3rd term" phrase the Obama people are force feeding everyone over here and the Europeans eat that stuff up.

    Hugh
    on May 30, 2008
    at 07:13 AM
  • It was announced, almost as an afterthougt, that this was an online poll. Does it not occur to the Telepath.co.uk people that only the left go to this website for "news" ?

    Gary Martin
    on May 30, 2008
    at 07:12 AM
  • If I still lived in California and heard the results of this poll, there is no way I would vote for Obama. I would prefer an American patriot to lead the country, not someone who appealed to its detractors.

    Dr John Cameron
    on May 30, 2008
    at 07:10 AM
  • Since most of the news in Europe countries are or have been left leaning/socialists/Marxists for many years it is totally understandable why the polls are heavily against the Bush administration, ie Republican aka McCain campaign. It is the same in the USA as well. And I agree with Burnie Adams assessment as well.

    Jeff in Kansass
    on May 30, 2008
    at 07:09 AM
  • Anyone watching German TV or even BBC is struck by the adulation accorded first Clinton then Obama by media - and then one gains an insight into how Vladimir Putin so dominated the airwaves that people knew of no other candidate.

    The European media has shown that it can slant perceptions towards its preferred candidate by over-exposure. No doubt in time it will serve a European dictator well in removing all other candidates from public viewing

    TomTom
    on May 30, 2008
    at 07:08 AM
  • "WE DON'T CARE WHAT YOU THINK! Europe is only there for Americans to vacation."
    20. Posted by Ponsdailyon"
    Ponsdailyon then goes on to say:
    "Whenever anything needs to get done, everyone calls on the US.
    USA, USA, USA....George Bush rules!
    Losers."

    Good work mate - you have done more to demonstrate what most Europeans think of Americans in a couple of sentences than I could have in two paragraphs.

    Most Europeans are very aware that many Americans are friendly, mild mannered and generally curious about the rest of the world, but unfortunately for them, people like the above are the stigma you carry and it only takes one comment like this to remind many Europeans why we hate elements of America.

    The fundamental difference is that European society has evolved to accept change and other cultures, nay to embrace it. Many Americans fear change, or are mistrustful of it, and certainly loathe people "judging" them, nevermind saying something negative about their country.

    The bottom line is this will not matter for much longer. The fear shown above is actually a symptom of something much greater - i.e. the Rise of the East and the death of the US as the world's most powerful nation. Sovreign Wealth Funds, Tiger economies and the Oil/OPEC states have found their time, and it is now. Bush's recent visit to the Saudi's to plead with them to raise oil production and returning with a paltry 300,000 extra barrels is the first sign of this shift.

    I feel sorry for whoever posted the comments above, as he seems to be referring to WW2, which Americans have been holding over Europe for decades. They have probably never heard about Kyoto, and certainly won't believe that legislation such as Kyoto will save our planet long term, and is only being blocked by America.

    So in response to the above, BIG Thanks for helping us out in WW2, that was really great. But kind of pointless if inaction on Climate Change, Iraq war/Terrorism, Rapant Corporate greed and corruption and all the other factors condemns the grandchildren of that generation to a hot, hungry and crowded planet and the collapse of our culture.

    That's why Europeans vote for Obama mate. It's not that he has all the answers; but a President that can at least see these issues is a huge leap forward for the rest of the world.

    And I would love to see Ponsdailyon's face when he/she realises this.

    Joss Godbold
    on May 30, 2008
    at 07:07 AM
  • Please tell all your British "subjects" to keep your damn entertainers there. Us Evil Americans are sick of making them rich. As for the rest of you, up yours. Next time Europe has troubles (ie. WW II) please don't bother calling us. You can talk your way out of it.

    ron
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:59 AM
  • Glad you people are not Americans,as you hate democracy, are left-wing liberals, and love high taxes!!!! That's why you don't live in the great USA. Stay home, don't buy our real estate, don't envy our lifestyle!

    Phoebe
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:59 AM
  • Europeans know a good thing when they see it.

    Obama 08! Yes we can!

    Tim
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:59 AM
  • Considering Europe, the outcome here isn't too surprising, though the margins are. I'm glad this isn't the final poll. The campaigns haven't yet begun.

    Paul B.
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:59 AM
  • If Barracks-Obama becomes your President, then we will all die. That includes all you Americans watching, so you'd better not vote for him (or Shrillary for that matter, she's only slightly less worse, and they are both socialists so that means death for many innocent people like under the saddo Carter.)

    It's up to you Americans, not us sadly, to ensure he does not get within a million miles of the Levers of Power.

    David Davis
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:58 AM
  • Who gives a rats a$$ what the Europeans think? They want us taxed out the wazoo like they are so, of course they love obama.

    Smilinjack
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:57 AM
  • Why is this news? I'm actually suprised McCain got 15%. Europe has always leaned way left and after the dislike of the Iraq invasion, why would any Europeans like a GOP candidate. Let's see...Europe= high tax, nationalized healthcare, work 30 hrs a week, smoke dope...does that sound like Obama or McCain? Problem is, Europe is so self righteous they can't comprehend how different our nation(land and people) is from their own, and most don't realize that our nation's problems cannot be fixed by effing hippy policies. Might at well make that poll Scooby Doo verses McCain and watch the landslide.

    CinCity
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:57 AM
  • Americans will never (at least not yet) vote for either a black man, or for Hillary Clinton. McCain will be a shoo-in.

    Kieron Murphy
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:57 AM
  • American politician Alexander Hamilton, from the early republic had a statement that best illustrates the 65% of Britons that find us "evil"

    "The masses are asses".

    Brian McMurdo
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:57 AM
  • The Europeans forget WWII. One day soon you will be fighting another war you won't be able to win................

    Dave Casselman
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:57 AM
  • Unbelievable. To all readers, please print this article and fold it as the header is facing outward. When you place it in the bottom of your birdcage, make sure the header and picture are facing upwards. LOL.

    Rick
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:57 AM
  • Who cares?

    Smilinjack
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:55 AM
  • As an American citizen, I can tell you Obama will defeat McCain easily. I used to be a republican and support McCain. But come August all Obama has to do is focus on Iraq. Even with a low level of violence, Americans have come to realize what a mistake the whole endeavor was and that the only way to improve the situation is for a completely new administration to come in apologize for the last one and ask the rest of the world to work with us in creating a more stable Iraq, with a small number of US troops remaining.

    Zoe
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:55 AM
  • Those who believe that are just plain NUTS.

    DAVID
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:55 AM
  • The most anti-American countries in Europe support Obama. -That alone says a lot!

    tombucko
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:55 AM
  • I am an American who is deeply insulted by this, to a degree that Europeans may find extremely dangerous, to themselves. The next time Europe needs the people of the United States to send their sons and daughters to Europe to defend her, perhaps the people of America will just say no. And their will be a next time. I for one would vote to never let another American soldier die on a European battlefield to defend a gutless, stab your friend in the back mentality that would now so easily define a people as evil who, not too long ago, were the only salvation against REAL evil. Many Europeans seem to have very short memories. Pray, for your own sake, that Americans do too.

    Robert
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:54 AM
  • No shocking news here. Obama is the type of person most Euros would support. He wants to create a vaste welfare state that the economy cannot sustain all the while burying his head in the sand when it comes to confronting real evil in the world. Hopefully the US sends him packing, he would fit in quite nicely with the Green in Germany. Just remember the Greens are all like watermelons, green on the outside but red in their core.

    bryan
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:54 AM
  • Wow. Europe favors a Socialist. What a surprise!
    I sometimes wish we would have stayed out of WWII and left Europe to fend for them selves. We could have just talked to Hitler and blamed ourselves.
    Lets apply the same arguments being heard today to WWII.

    Dave Dave
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:54 AM
  • Europeans are by and large socialistic and Obama fits right into that mold: big government controlling too many aspects of one's life. I'm an independent and I'm voting for McCain!

    Ron
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:54 AM
  • Here is a comment I posted to my friend regarding this article and the many replies to it:

    I find this interesting for two reasons. First, it's surprising to see how negatively the US is viewed in Europe. This is particularly striking given my fairly heavy readings into twentieth century history of late (Hobsbawm's Age of Extremes, Germany-Land of Deepening Shadow--written by an American
    correspondent in WWI, Harold Evans's American Century, etc). From my vantage point, Europe still ought to see that much good has flowed directly to it from the US over the years. Clearly the polls disagree, with the happy exception of Italy! This
    leads me to believe people (not just Europeans) have a very short view of history. It also explains a little why I feel European public opinion of the US has declined so much in the last 15 years. (I began my assessment 15 years ago in Italy, which is clearly the most pro-American major European country.)

    Second, the majority of the comments seem to be from Americans, and many (if not most) are far more vitriolic than my own would ever be. Is this because conservative Americans read the Telegraph? Or is the mood of the country less liberal than I now think it is, as I see it through the spectrum of European media, NPR, the NYT, and the noticeably sheepish WSJ editorial page?

    Dave the American
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:54 AM
  • Self appointed rulers of the world your days of cowardly intervening in far away places of the world in order to fill your ferocious appetites will soon be over. So instead of blaming your victims, try to put your own house in order. I used to distinguish between the US citizen and their evil governments, not anymore!

    Gus
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:52 AM
  • Good this proves that McCain should be the next President. Also what are they basing their support of Obama on? we don't evan know who he really is!

    GlennP
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:50 AM
  • If Americans don't care about what Europe thinks then why do so many of them bother to post about it here?

    Mike
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:50 AM
  • America is arrogant and Americans are ignorant.The people driving the American economy are all immigrants and former slaves.remove them and you have a shell.people are fed up with American brinkmanship. And yo think Europeans would want to go to America? think again..why would i come from Scandinavia and go to a country at risk of terrorist attack? i cant live in a country where my freedoms are curtailed.

    Isaac
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:50 AM
  • When you Europeans take my advice and stop voting for racist far right parties, then maybe I'll care to take your opinions into account. Get lost Europe, this liberal says "No thank you" to your support for my candidate.

    Jose
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:49 AM
  • It doesn't matter what Europe thinks because like it or not,there's no way the same people who voted for Bush when he was meant to be the most hated Man in the World will now vote for a Black Liberal whose Father was a Muslim.

    I find it laughable that people actually think Obama is going to win in November,I'd back the Republicans to win the election even if Bush was their candidate again.

    Fergue Sira-Lexon
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:49 AM
  • I left Britain for the USA 12 years ago. I'm now a US citizen and becoming one was the best thing I ever did. I'm sorry for Britain and the rest of Europe, its a sad, futureless place I left behind. I can see why you dislike strong American leaders, they show up Europe's weakness and failure.

    I believe most Europeans would emigrate to America if the option were open to them, and that says something about the tremendous appeal of the USA despite all these negative comments.

    As an Ex-Brit, I know that in large measure the snobbery and sneering at strong US presidents is driven by the unnattractive emotions of jealousy at American success and shame at British weakness.

    I supported George W in 04 and will back McCain in November. And, my former countrymen, let me assure you that John McCain WILL be the 44th president of the USA.

    LA Guy
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:42 AM
  • Alas, the "poll" was taken in the U.K., and on the Continent. There few people possess enough knowledge of the issues surrounding the election And, quite frankly, because Obama is black and not a Republican.

    I can just about guarantee you that if the poll had been of ex-pats living in America, you would have had a different result.

    frogeye
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:30 AM
  • Of course we want Obama to win. His naive, foolish policies will end US dominance - and we imagine that will lead us back to world dominance.

    The only problem is that it won't be us on top. It will be Russia and China.

    Patrick Henry
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:29 AM
  • John McCain has been vocally and searingly critical of the way the Bush administration has handled the whole Iraq operation - especially of Donald Rumsfeld's performance. His stance is that now we are in Iraq we must do what is right given the current circumstances. If you want to critisize McCain for voting to invade in the first place, then you must equally criticize Hilary Clinton and just about every Democrat because they voted the same way.

    John McCain is not George W, and in fact is reviled by many Republicans. You only have to look at the sorry state of his campaign fundraising to see that he is not the Republican Party's choice candidate. He is not your standard Repubilcan and has even suggested he will include Democrats in his governemnt.

    Both Obama and McCain appeal to Independents and neither of them appeal to the rank and file of their respective parties. It is very difficult to know which one of them will win the Presidency - unless of course it's Hilary!

    Sheila Schwedes
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:28 AM
  • I find it amusing the American attitude of 'butt out' of our politics when the current USA administration appears to want to do nothing more than butt in. I admire the US and believe they can be a force for good in the world, but sadly the current administration don't seem to want to work with the rest of the world, it appears to be a case of 'do what we say, not what we do'. Having listened and read a lot of speeches from all the candidates at least Obama offers the possibility of change, and I thinks thats what's so attractive about him.

    Rob Muholland
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:27 AM
  • Since the Europeans think the US is a force for evil, will they please STOP immigrating here (particularly the insufferable British). There are plenty of Africans, Chinese (and Mexicans and Latin Americans obviously) who are desperate to come here - so please don't take their spots. I find, as an immigrant from India (who has also lived in Europe for 8 years) that third-world immigrants are much better at becoming Americans than sniffy Europeans who are clearly here for mercenary reasons and forever disdainful of America, thereby refusing to make the effort to actually learn about America while they rake in their low-tax incomes. In America this is called hypocrisy.

    Raymond
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:22 AM
  • Remember these are the same Europeans that shed the crocodile tears on 9-11-01, they spit at us on their streets, curse at us, etc.. what americans need to do is stop worrying about what europe thinks. question to you euros, did you all enjoy 9/11? did you enjoy people leaping to their deaths? My guess is that you would enjoy another attack on us, you filthy unbathed vermin

    not a european
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:22 AM
  • What do students know? Just look at Nu-Lab a bunch of nerds and students have just found out life is completely different to fiction and reality to immature wishes. Most students follow a loony left course primarily because of their lack of the real world and its also trendy to bash the inventor of the wheel for coursing the worlds ill'! The fact they are not yet paying any bills also distorts there reason.

    mike
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:22 AM
  • That this poll was commissioned is perhaps a sign of the interest and excitement that this election has stirred up over here. Of course we have an opinion (as is our right). But vote for who you want - the world waits with bated breath. And don't worry, if you don't pick Obama (yes, I like him too, I get the impression he'll have more respect for his staunch allies than GWB did with his "Yo, Blair!". and talking to your opponents has to be better than bombing them, doesn't it?); like I say, if you don't pick the administration which suits us, we won't come over and do a spot of the ol' Regime Change. I must say, for a country which has meddled in the affairs of other states as much as the US has (the list is quite long), the US seems almost psychopathically, rabidly unwilling to let anyone else even express an opinion. Aren't some people funny!

    Grubstripe
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:21 AM
  • Another reason to vote for McCain.

    Honestly, as though any American outside the bolshie nabes elitist coastal enclaves gives a tin sh*t what a belgian or a spaniard or God held us a German thinks about us, or prefers for president? Puhleeze people.

    John Cash
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:21 AM
  • For trade, tourism, national security,and so many other reasons, America can't operate in isolation. Americans should put aside their superiority complexes and join the wider world out there.

    Christine
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:20 AM
  • Judging from American public opinion, France has been vindicated over its opposition to the Iraq war. Perhaps the Europeans are worth listening to afterall.

    Claire
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:19 AM
  • Speaking as someone who holds both UK and US citizenships there are good and bad on both sides of the pond. America, quite simply, is run by corporations. Its all about the Dollar with a loud drumbeat of militarist nationalism and a LOT of fear.
    We need a viable third party here to give Americans proper social rights and thereby improve their QUALITY of life. The average American is gobsmacked when he hears of peoples' rights in Europe.
    None of these candidates offer proper Universal Healthcare, or real social improvements.

    ExpatUSA
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:19 AM
  • Part of me thinks that Europeans are only upset because Americans don't ask them for permission to do anything. No, I'm not voting for McCain. But I don't understand why Europeans are so vitriolic about Americans without taking blame for their own societal problems.

    Jimmy
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:18 AM
  • All the signs point to the US being in long-term decline. Budget deficits, trade deficits, massive debt, the weakening US dollar, a workforce that is slowly falling behind in skills and knowledge.

    The forecasts are that China will overtake the US to become the world's biggest economy within the next two or three decades. I hope this can happen sooner if you continue to waste billions of dollars in Iraq every day, and your children become scientifically ignorant by being taught that humans did not evolve but were Created!

    In a way it is quite sad to think that you used to be a shining beacon, but now you are a smoky dying ember.

    Wen Dianxin
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:18 AM
  • >Posted by Mike Saxon on May 29, >2008 11:47 PM> Try minding your own affairs and stop trying to meddle in US internal politics.>

    Funny..... haven't the Chinese been saying the same to the Americans for years.

    Nick in Shanghai
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:18 AM
  • " Look how little (the terrorists) achieved in eight years of Bush, how few they killed, how we were largely able to shrug them off"

    You've obviously forgotten the events of September 11, 2001.

    Jack Dehlers
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:18 AM
  • In the eyes of many Europeans, America has a right wing party.

    And it also has the Republicans.

    Jack Dehlers
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:18 AM
  • its funny how the Europeans complain about American border fences, how well do Europeans treat their immigrants, shall we ask the North Africans, Roma's and Albanians? how open are the borders on the Spanish territories in North Africa and what of the French battleships patrolling to ward off immigration in the Mediterranean ? Also in regard to our foreign policy, is it fair to say that the predominant European force is on the border with Turkey? how enlightened is a continent that refuses to embrace a country for their religion, however secular it may be?
    do you honestly think a new president can change this view?

    Dave
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:18 AM
  • I lived in the USA about 10 years ago and think it's a wonderful country but many Americans fail to see the big picture. Questions like "do you celebrate thanksgiving in your country?", "Where's England, is that in France?" and statements such like "Oh your're from London, your're French", "your're German", "we can't accept this a a valid form of ID (UK passport when buying cigarettes, I was 25" don't instill in me much confidence in the US awareness of foreign affairs. As the No1 democracy in the world and with such a massive influence on the lives of so many living in foreign countries it is the responsibility of every intelligent American to understand and respect the views of those external to US politics. It is precisely comments such as "We don't care what you think" that shadow all the incredible achievements that America has accomplished both internally and externally and only go to underline a severe lack of insight in US foreign policy. "We'll meddle in your affair's but we don't care what you think" attitude when America as a country is built on multiculturalist values will rot the country from the inside out. I love America and think it's a model example of so many good things, but as with anything good nothing is perfect. Some of the bigoted, xenophobic, nationalist and entirely misplaced views of a handfull of Americans posting on the DT in response to this article send more than just a shiver down my spine. Here's something you can do over a beer in your back yard with a friend when the weather is good. Choose ten adjectives that describe the way you see yourself, write them down and get your friend to choose ten adjectives that he feels describe you, compare them and then discuss how this may work the same way with the way American citizens view themselves and how foreigners view Americans.

    Musrum
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:17 AM
  • Europeans really don't know what they're talking about here--they're simply ill-informed.
    Half the Democrats in the US prefer Hillary--with good reason. Obama has no clothes--little except extraordinary audacity.

    Peter, Connecticut
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:17 AM
  • If Europeans want Obama that much, I think that we should let them have him. We could throw in the Clinton woman too. Neither of them have any talent or charisma. A learned person would be horrified to discover what boobs they both are.

    Mike Bowens
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:16 AM
  • Europeans shouldn't be lecturing anyone. You have an non democratic EU and a government that refuses to give you a referendum on your sovereignty. Obama is all hot air and Mcain is Bush 2, however unlike you we can vote on our future. Sort you socialist mess out, before you start poking around in ours

    Paul
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:16 AM
  • Hre's a thought - since the British are so interested in our elections, why don't we invite them to become our 51st state? I think most right-thinking indigent Brits would give their right arm to be able to live under the sort of democracy we enjoy here in America. We elect all our public servants (and kick them out when they don't perform) and we believe in a person's right to defend themselves from harm.

    Please - give back the streets to the ordinary people who do not deserve to be afraid of some young punk with a knife. Allow the citizenry the ability to fight back. Otherwise (As you have discovered to your detriment, the crazies will rule.

    We would welcome the right-thinking people of Britain into our society, and would soon put a stop to the terror that stalks the streets of London and other major cities in the UK.

    J P Fallon
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:12 AM
  • The poll is plain silly the president whoever he is is only one part of are goverment change is only possible when all three branches of goverment agree to change. To assume a new president means a change in direction for the US is wishful thinking all presidents are directed by the overriding principle of doing what is in the best interest of the US they may vary in the manner that they use to present that interest to the world but the reality is there is not a nickels worth of diference between the canidate on the sustantial issues

    David J. Fitzgerald
    on May 30, 2008
    at 06:11 AM
  • I watch more US politics right now than I do with domestic UK politics, across the channels. I think that if McCain gets in this will see the decline of America and like the Soviet Union, British Empire, Roman, Greek, etc will fall from the umero uno position. With China and India developing at pace an America building border fences, the Patriot Act, etc are all inward looking behaviours characteristic of empires on the wain.

    To the person who dismisses what Europeans know, France and the Scottish enlightenment gave America the political systems of republic and capitalism as the economic dynamism, to dismiss the importance of European thinking is I am sad to say a sign of the times.

    Particularly on the attitudes to nature America will be judged on overcoming its obsession with consumption, something that simply can't continue at current levels. The future for America is coming to terms with cooperation rather than competition and conflict. Politically the next 2 decades will underline the two political positions; left and left behind. I like America although it can be very good, and very bad. I hope they make the right choice come November 2008. The world will be watching.

    Mark Cowan
    on May 29, 2008
    at 11:48 PM
  • Quite frankly, I do not care what Europeans want in a US President. Try minding your own affairs and stop trying to meddle in US internal politics.

    Mike Saxon
    on May 29, 2008
    at 11:47 PM
  • More evidence we should vote for McCain.

    Matt
    on May 29, 2008
    at 11:47 PM
  • I hope this gets some publicity in America. Will definately help McCain.

    maxalvis
    on May 29, 2008
    at 11:47 PM
  • The DT probably wrote this story in 2004 but just dragged it out and changed the names from Kerry / Bush to Obama / McCain. Who gives a damn what you guys think anyway. One of these days Obama might actually need to actually say something and then the world will know what an empty suit this idiot really is.

    chris
    on May 29, 2008
    at 11:43 PM
  • Sometimes I think the European press pays more attention to U.S. politics than its own. And the force of evil responses are absurd. Apparently people don't know what evil is in this world, because right now the definition seems to be an unpopular President, and not things like genocide and fascism.

    Patrick
    on May 29, 2008
    at 11:43 PM
  • Barack Obama, the next Jimmy Carter.

    Tom
    on May 29, 2008
    at 11:43 PM
  • 6,ooo or so is the total sample? Let me guess, spoiled euro college students taking online polls. I bet this was a diverse sample of the european public. Please.
    I find it interesting that the countries are so interested in our politics. WE DON'T CARE WHAT YOU THINK! Europe is only there for Americans to vacation. Stick to espresso, folks. Leave the politics to the only country that still has the b&!ls to do something. UN, please. Whenever anything needs to get done, everyone calls on the US.
    USA, USA, USA....George Bush rules!
    Losers.

    Ponsdailyon
    on May 29, 2008
    at 11:43 PM
  • People are so mindless it is scary. How could you believe America is a force for evil in the world. Even if you are completely against the Iraq war, it was still to overthrow a brutal dictator. America (the people and the government) contribute more aid, more food, more help, more money, more resources than anyone else in the world by a huge margin. America is pretty much the only Nation defending Israel when their neighbors are trying to wipe them out. Just think about this example. On 9-11-01 Arab countries had people dancing in the streets. When a devestating earthquake hits Iran, or China, who is the first Country to stand up and offer help and money, regardless of past or future differences. Don't let your mind be swayed by slanted reporting and small minded people who just want to take down America because it is America or because it is fashionable to do so. USE YOUR OWN BRAINS.

    TRB
    on May 29, 2008
    at 11:42 PM
  • Because US starts meddling in affairs of every country in the world and self-assumes the world leadership role any man/woman/moron who wants to be elected the president of the USA must be thoroughly examined and assesses\d by an INTERNATIONAL panel of psychiatrists for mental capacity and stability and his/her utterings during the previous 10 years must minutely analysed to determine suitability.

    geerish
    on May 29, 2008
    at 11:42 PM
  • I would vote for a left-wing candidate in every country, except my own.

    A monk of great renown
    on May 29, 2008
    at 11:42 PM
  • We love you, Italy

    Victoria
    on May 29, 2008
    at 11:42 PM
  • Regardless of who wins the presidency in the fall, I think it's high time the US should pull the plug on engaging in world affairs and let the Euro-Yahoos have at it. After all, what did the Euro-Yahoos give the rest of the world when they were in command of world politics......try WW1 and WW2.....

    biggreen19
    on May 29, 2008
    at 11:42 PM
  • America is not perpect nation but ask yourselves,how many people around the world want to immigrate to America? Why? Because America is GOOD.

    Paul Jopio
    on May 29, 2008
    at 11:41 PM
  • 'How sad that Old Europe has been brainwashed to support a candidate backed by Hamas and Fidel Castro.'

    Are you equally sad that the same candidate leads every poll in the USA? He IS, after all, your candidate, not Old Europe's.

    'Europeans should be HELPING with the effort rather than standing on the sidelines and offering nothing other than hate.'

    Er, many of them are. You need to read up on who has forces in Iraq, who gives aid and charity, and who has died there for US foreign policy.

    'Perhaps it is this same logic that resulted in many European nations allowing Hitler to trample across their lands. Fortunately, the U.S. also stood up for freedom back then.'

    The US did not stand up for one single country invaded by the Nazis until years later and Stalin was overrunning Europe instead. The US house and senate refused to enter the war in Europe in 1939, 1940 when it left Britain to stand alone, and in 1941. Not until after Germany declared war on the USA did America take part.

    'What an ungrateful and ignorant position held by those polled.'

    Except that most US citizens agree with them - the current President scores more lowly at 23% in the USA than he does in the UK or France!

    tom moncrieff
    on May 29, 2008
    at 11:41 PM
  • So many Republican trolls on here. You are pathetic. This decade has been simply AWFUL and you know it. Come November, the Republican party will collapse like a house of cards.

    Fred
    on May 29, 2008
    at 11:41 PM
  • Obama is totally UN-qualified for anything!He's a glib upstart and like a light bulb shines brightest before burning out. He will NOT be elected............take that to your bookie!

    Smilinjack
    on May 29, 2008
    at 11:27 PM
  • This pretty silly. Perhaps you can do a poll to see if the Americans prefer Cameron or Blair - but you will need a very large column for the "who the hell are they?"

    C Richards
    on May 29, 2008
    at 11:27 PM
  • AS an American who has lived extensively in Europe (Germany), I never ceased to be amazed at the total lack of understanding of what we are all about. Europeans want the US to have a Euro Perspective, but our goals and hopes have nothing to do with Europe. Nothing against Europe. Why don't they show a polling of American opinions about European countries?? Most Americans feel a strong sense of history towards Europe , as most of us are the Grandchildren of immigrants from Europe (mine from Norway and the UK). The American Brand of Freedom of the press allows the Democrats to spend millions bashing the Bush presidency, and with an acknowledged liberal press, the Europeans think that Americans love Al Gore, Obama, Clinton, and Farrakhan. NOPE, not even. I recommend that Europeans read a more balanced view, and watch a little FOX television. Come on over and get to know our people and our culture. I think you will be surprised to see we are actually civilized, well read, and half of us are still conservative.

    Steve Skjerve
    on May 29, 2008
    at 11:27 PM
  • It's important to remember that, with the exceptions of the UK and a few others, most european nations are novices when it comes to managing a large democratic political system. Americans have been sticking with the same system for 200+ years, in that same time, Germans, French, and Italians have changed their forms of government dozens of times.

    Europeans should be taking advice on politics, not giving it.

    Tom Lemon
    on May 29, 2008
    at 11:27 PM
  • ''They keep you doped with religion and sex and tv. And you think you're so clever and classless and free? Well you're still peasants as far as I can see''. John Lennon summed it all up when it comes to America.

    *******

    So Chris #31.....why did John Lennon leave the paradise that is Europe and move to America?

    Joe Stillwell
    on May 29, 2008
    at 11:26 PM
  • We are interested in what you think, even though we don't care what you think. In other words, your opinions are amusing but of no real value.

    David Davies
    on May 29, 2008
    at 11:26 PM
  • I think you guys are a little touchy about your current state of affairs! Yes we're not perfect over here but in a democracy you're entitled to an opinion.
    Time to wake up guys, the reason we're all feeling the credit crunch is because of the US lending and the 'war on terror' Whilst noble to all participating, it has driven the cost of oil up by more than $100 a barrel and we're hated more now than 5-10 years ago. Get your heads out the bloody sand and realise that change doesn't mean appeasing terrorists as one person put it! And as far as your help during WWII you were a little late joining and despite a number of your hollywood films the reality is that we won the important battles whilst you stood back until the Japanese bought it to your doorstep

    Brit
    on May 29, 2008
    at 11:26 PM
  • to wilma, 6 out of ten, eh? i bet those 6 have all been kept free by america at one point or another. as for america being 23 its because we want to be better. why are there 2,000,000 million people legally getting into america every year, many from europe? and millions more sneaking in illegally, who we feed and take care of medically. we read british [and other] links because we can, which can't be said about much of the world. the thing europeans don't understand about america is that you can be born poor, and die rich. [and vice versa]whereas in europe if you are born poor you die poor, with a few exceptions. see, what makes america great is opportunity, not who your parents are. we are also tired of being lectured to by people whose freedom is due to us. i think the next time the continent is run over by some tyrant, we will sit back and watch. and it will be over-run again, look at history, it repeats itself.

    jim
    on May 29, 2008
    at 11:25 PM
  • I agree to a certain extent with Mike at 10.36, at least when he points out that the force for good/favorable view comparisons are apples for oranges. I love America dearly - indeed I see it as both a force for good, and favorably - but these are two different questions. I don't necessarily see George W Bush as a force for good, however, and I think the US has been poorly served by him - as I believe most Americans now feel. (As for those on here who can't mention Obama without adding the words 'socialist' or 'Hussein', I'd advise you to check out the kind and encouraging words that the old bolshevik Rupert Murdoch had to say about Barack Obama today. It might remind you how complex the real world actually is...)



    David, Cambridge, UK
    on May 29, 2008
    at 11:25 PM
  • Ah, yes. The United States is definitely a force for evil in the world. Surely it's the devil's own power by which he casts other devils out. Oops, sorry. Must have gotten my New Testament mixed up with my politics.

    bosco
    on May 29, 2008
    at 10:36 PM
  • As was said by Bill Clinton of Americans in the nineties: "There is far more that unites us than divides us." I think this is true for Americans and Europeans as well, and hopefully when President Bush is retired in Texas eating a steady diet of "Freedom" fries we can all remember that truth. The hostility between democracies on either side of the Atlantic is perhaps the most regrettable result of the Bush Administration, second only to the colossally wasteful loss of life in Iraq of course. Regardless of who wins, I hope we can start mending relations with our friends in Europe.

    Craig
    on May 29, 2008
    at 10:36 PM
  • "But the Telegraph.co.uk poll found that only 16 per cent of Russians see America as a �force for good� in the world. In Britain, the total was 33 per cent and in France, only 28 per cent. As recently as 2000, a global attitudes survey found that 83 per cent of Britons and 62 per cent of the French had a �favourable� view of America. "

    Why the apples to oranges comparison? I guess comparing the same statistic didn't give the slant the writer wanted.

    I also like the explanation of how Russians gravitate towards conservatives as the reason why McCain has support there. Why not tell us the traditional leanings of the French?

    It is crap writing like this that has contributed to America's perception in the world. Europeans and American liberals have always hated America. The press has just never been this blatent in their bias.

    Mike
    on May 29, 2008
    at 10:36 PM
  • If as some of you state - you want change now then this is what I propose: Return all U.S. troops to U.S soil and cancel all reciprocal protection agreements - let the others fend for themselves. Eliminate all International aid including U.N funding. Eliminate all regulation that are unrelated to criminal behavior that harms others: murder stays, drug use goes (personal choice); rape stays, prescriptive testing of products goes; bribery/robbery/etc stay, telling me how to live my life, raise my family, or run my business goes. Eliminate all federal bureacracy for same. Reduce total tax burden to 10% of income across the board for those earning over $30K. Hows that for some change? Pick an issue prescribe the above and Don't Tread On Me!

    Reed
    on May 29, 2008
    at 10:34 PM
  • Anybody remember Jimmy Carter, and that sad series of disasters? Obama is a chip off the same soggy block. He will win. And be a disaster. And his victory will without more be enough to give all the terrorist campaigns the fillip they need. Look how little they achieved in eight years of Bush, how few they killed, how we were largely able to shrug them off. Obama will change all that. We shall have more terrorist attacks in 2009 than in all the years of Bush's two terms.

    Peter Harvey
    on May 29, 2008
    at 10:33 PM
  • Unfortunately for all those who keep bashing anything American, the US election is decided by the Americans themselves. Not by the EU or the UN.

    jose carlos
    on May 29, 2008
    at 10:33 PM
  • America is a Democracy? I thought it was a Republic? I think Americans will show that the Europeans aren't far off the mark, when President Obama wins in a landslide. I can't wait for the debates, when Obama looks at McCain and tell him not one Iraqi attacked the US on 9/11, and the blank look on McCains face.

    veggiedude
    on May 29, 2008
    at 10:32 PM
  • Why are so many Americans on here posting that they don't care about what we think? If you really don't care about what we think then don't read articles on a British newspapersite.

    And to the person commenting on our hippy governments:

    In the top ten of happiest nations in the world (published by UNESCO) 6 out of ten are European. The US came in at 23.

    Wilma
    on May 29, 2008
    at 10:31 PM
  • How sad that Old Europe has been brainwashed to support a candidate backed by Hamas and Fidel Castro.

    And to oppose the U.S. for the war in Iraq is pitiful. How can ANY democratic nation prefer the dictator Saddam Hussein over the chance at self-rule? Europeans should be HELPING with the effort rather than standing on the sidelines and offering nothing other than hate.

    Perhaps it is this same logic that resulted in many European nations allowing Hitler to trample across their lands. Fortunately, the U.S. also stood up for freedom back then.

    What an ungrateful and ignorant position held by those polled.

    J.D.
    on May 29, 2008
    at 10:31 PM
  • People are so mindless it is scary. How could you believe America is a force for evil in the world. Even if you are completely against the Iraq war, it was still to overthrow a brutal dictator. America (the people and the government) contribute more aid, more food, more help, more money, more resources than anyone else in the world by a huge margin. America is pretty much the only Nation defending Israel when their neighbors are trying to wipe them out. Just think about this example. On 9-11-01 Arab countries had people dancing in the streets. When a devestating earthquake hits Iran, or China, who is the first Country to stand up and offer help and money, regardless of past or future differences. Don't let your mind be swayed by slanted reporting and small minded people who just want to take down America because it is America or because it is fashionable to do so. USE YOUR OWN BRAINS.

    TRB
    on May 29, 2008
    at 10:31 PM
  • this from a continent who has had chamberland, franco, mussolini, tito, stalin, and a wide variety of nameless dictators in eastern europe?? you will excuse us if we americans don't take your advice. we do sometimes elect a president who is terrible [bush comes to mind] but most are average, and sometimes they are great. however, we have no monarchy as the head of government or leaders that will not leave office if they are not re-elected, so you will excuse us if we don't take your advice. in plain engish, we don't care what europe thinks.

    jim
    on May 29, 2008
    at 10:27 PM
  • As a closet socialist, I can understand why all the Europeans are singing the praises of Sen Obama. If you want to see the USA withdraw from the rest of the world, keep praising him. I wonder if Europe had such a dim view of the USA during WWII

    Mike Todd
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:48 PM
  • Give the quality of "leader" elected ( or imposed) by Europeans, it's hardly a recommendation is it ?

    AndrewG
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:48 PM
  • What a surprise, a bunch of socialists prefer a blatant one to a not so blatant one.

    Garry
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:48 PM
  • Hey Europe,

    WE DON'T CARE WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT US

    Sincerely,
    The entire American population

    TR
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:48 PM
  • I'm happy about this poll. Everytime one of these runs around election time, they prove to be opposite of what will happen. Not like I care what they think they don't live here.

    Logan
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:47 PM
  • The United States a "force of evil". If evil is defined as generous with our resources (money and other aid), I'll take evil. What a bunch of ungrateful European losers.

    Steve
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:47 PM
  • Of course the Euros love a liberal. Their governments are socialistic, not unlike the Democrat agenda. Their problems are just beginning over there with housing, credit, oil, etc. We'll see what they say once socialism screws, I mean, 'helps' them out of their troubles...

    ANDREI
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:47 PM
  • It's important to remember that, with the exceptions of the UK and a few others, most european nations are novices when it comes to managing a large democratic political system. Americans have been sticking with the same system for 200+ years, in that same time, Germans, French, and Italians have changed their forms of government dozens of times.

    Europeans should be taking advice on politics, not giving it.

    Tom Lemon
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:47 PM
  • A poll in the UK for a Presidential favorite is nothing - folks just imagine how little most citizens care what you think. WE HERE IN THE US COULD CARE LESS WHAT A FEW UK poll responders think - remember we had a war with you and won our freedom from your arcane ways.

    Richard
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:46 PM
  • A great indicator of whom the American people should vote for is always the opposite of the European opinion! They always lean toward a weaker candidate. We as Americans should always be cognizant of this.

    Mike
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:46 PM
  • Think about this. Did you ever think that a person could even run for President with his middle name? Junior Senator doesn't give any plans except we need change, does not know much of anything, wants to get in bed with terrorist leaders by open appeasement, goes to church for 20 years and listens to America hate speeches, etc. Who is voting for this guy? Is the hate for America gone this far? You will be voting for a die hard liberal, tax raising nut, tuck your legs between your knees and kiss you?re a ? goodbye.

    Al Farr
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:46 PM
  • I find the German results the most enlightening. Imagine Obama becomming the President and one of his first acts being the closure of all US bases in Germany. Wouldnt you Germans be squawking and moaning then?

    Rick
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:45 PM
  • Russia views U.S. as force of evil, and they want the candidate most like Bush. Italy has the highest opinion of the U.S., and they want to see more change. Somewhere that doesn't add up.

    Josh_T
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:45 PM
  • Who would the European's prefer in North Korea? China? Iran? Please! It's so important that we know. They will surely change their leaders to suit them. Thanks Europe!

    EB
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:45 PM
  • And this is supposed to make Americans MORE likely to vote for Obama? Sorry, but any endorsement from the Eurocrats will have the opposite effect.

    Mike Jonze
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:45 PM
  • You guys are spot on. We don't want more of the same Washington garbage that McCain has been a part of for 35 years; we need a fresh start. Those who think Obama doesn't have enough experience forget that serving in the Illinois State Legislature was enough experience for President Abraham Lincoln--Obama has that same experience along with serving in the United States Senate. Hopefully Obama will clean up enough of the mess made by Bush and the GOP that you guys will like us again.

    TexasKelly
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:44 PM
  • This from the countries that spawned some of the worst tyrants the world has seen in the modern era... That is the best endorsement I can think of.

    Ivan
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:44 PM
  • Why is this news? I'm actually suprised McCain got 15%. Europe has always leaned way left and after the dislike of the Iraq invasion, why would any Europeans like a GOP candidate. Let's see...Europe= high tax, nationalized healthcare, work 30 hrs a week, smoke dope...does that sound like Obama or McCain? Problem is, Europe is so self righteous they can't comprehend how different our nation(land and people) is from their own, and most don't realize that our nation's problems cannot be fixed by effing hippy policies. Might at well make that poll Scooby Doo verses McCain and watch the landslide.

    CinCity
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:44 PM
  • Thank goodness its America's election....and who asked the Europeans anyway. The US is the only country that stands for anything good and holds the line anyway.

    Bikini
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:44 PM
  • Since McCain has promised to continue pursuing Bush's failed policies, it seems that these Europeans might be a little smarter than their American counterparts.

    Michael
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:42 PM
  • "force for evil","anti-Bush Britain"?...sorry, but these terms and characterizations are FAR from objective. what questions did this survey offer that had an answer like that? "force for evil"? you actually asked people if they thought we were a "force for evil"? you're not a newspaper, you're a rag. just another thing my European brothers have in common with us, a liberal media touting itself as a legitimate and "objective" service provider. yeah right

    leo
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:42 PM
  • Polls are like statistics. Lies and more damn lies.

    Where's the raw data? What questions were asked and in what context? Was this really a push poll? What were the demographics of the people polled? We'll never know since that information will never be released. If it was released, we'd all find out just how slanted to the left this poll really is...

    Dave C
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:42 PM
  • This is HILARIOUS!

    It's a definite positive for McCain.

    Europeans bow at the alter of their undemocratic, bureaucratic laden dictatorship known as the EU. They haven't a clue about the US but are always offering their ignorant opinions. This doesn't surprise me as more Americans travel to Europe than the other way around.

    Maddie
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:42 PM
  • Europe continues to exist because of US military power deployed in the Gulf area, and in its various nuclear subs and long distance planes -which hold down a lot of bad countries.

    When Obama pulls this hardware home, and makes nice with Europe's enemies, then Europe will disappear.

    I ilve in Europe, and thhis scary secenio is highly proboble.

    robert timms
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:41 PM
  • I agree with Stephen Morris's comment. I am also reminded of the infamous Guardian campaign four years ago urging readers to write to voters in the USA urging them to vote for John Kerry. That had precisely the opposite effect and all this silly poll will do is inflame anti-European sentiment in the States.

    We have short memories; do we really think that a repaet of 1930s-style American isolationism will do the world any good?

    Quite simply, it's fashionable tohate the Americans. But before we get too cocky, remember Lend-Lease, when President Roosevelt did everthing he could, in the face of a very hostile Congress, to help us out in the dark days of 1941 before the attack on Pearl Harbour. Also remember all those young American men who lie in cemeteries all over north-western Europe.

    I have my own opinions about who might make the better President, but they are only that: opinions. I would never dream of telling Americans how to vote. After all, how would we like it if they told us whom to vote for?

    Richard
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:41 PM
  • A message for American readers- this poll simply highlights who most people in the European countries analyzed would prefer as the next US President. It was not designed to tell you who to vote for. Why are so many of you so overly-sensitive as a nation? Besides, with half of your voters having opted for Bush twice over, I think the rest of the world long since gave up on enough of you being discerning enough to vote for someone with half a brain. But I guess that answers my question!

    Mike
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:41 PM
  • Some of you need to get your head out of your A**... We live in a globel world, this is why we are so hated! We have that God like complex! We are always right and the rest of the world has it all wrong! But one day God will show America, who is in charge! Trust me on this one, and not going to be pretty!

    moses56
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:41 PM
  • I'm sorry but I really don't or, cannot give any of this too much credence. So approximately 5-6,000 people gave an "opinion" on... ?

    Tell you what, let's wait until November when the US Citizens decide, whatever the outcome, the World will work with the President 'elect' as he or she, will then be, as a 'Brit' I don't have a vote but... If I did, McCain would be my bet and has been since the Presidential Circus started, Obumma - next time should be about right for the "internal politics" but today, there is serious business to be done Internationally and McCain is the only game in town, the 'other guy' just isn't in the ball park.

    John Haynes
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:40 PM
  • How can so many Europeans be so dumb?

    Ice Ko
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:40 PM
  • Please, explain why European opinion affects the election in the US? Last time I looked, I can't vote there.

    Concrete
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:39 PM
  • ''They keep you doped with religion and sex and tv. And you think you're so clever and classless and free? Well you're still peasants as far as I can see''. John Lennon summed it all up when it comes to America.

    Chris
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:39 PM
  • The European anti-US attitude amazes me, especially considering that the US has never bombed a train, subway station, started week long violent and destructive riots or put out death threats for drawing a cartoon.

    Yes, the U.S. actually had the stones to lead a confrontion with a dictator and bring him to task for regularly flaunting UN resolution after UN resolution, making the faulty intelligence regarding the WMD's seem that much more credible. It is undeniable that protecting Saudi Arabia and to re-opening the Iraqi oil supply to the world was an added incentive, but this is same reason Russia and France opposed the invasion--they were the biggest investors in Iraqi oil and Saddam Hussein debt. Hypocricy? I'd say so.

    Or perhaps its just a simple post cold-war backlash, much like a teenager to an over-protective parent. Throw in the standard European belief that they are historically superior and more culturally advanced than the rest of the world (including other Europeans), resentment against the world's only superpower is guaranteed. Just imagine what the French would say to a similar poll done in the U.S. for their next major election!

    Wolfgang
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:37 PM
  • Well this brought the indoctrinated extremist right Unitedstatians out in force. Every dog has it's day, times are changing fast. US power is on the decline, next will be mega powers, China and India, it's just a matter of time. History repeats. It's worth reading Rick Shenkman�s (Seattle) new book "Just How Stupid Are We?: Facing the Truth About the American Voter"

    Mike USA
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:35 PM
  • In the US there is government by the people for the people, this is called democracy. In the US the people empower their government and allow it the right to govern. Now take Europe, which is run by a Political Elite, they allow their citizen to sometimes choose which of their Elite members should take control. This Elite Political Class allows the citizens to at times to have certain privileges. The Elite Political class in government in Europe does all business behind closed doors and in private; the only other country to do this is Cuba. Just this week the European Politburo put in place motions to stop anyone that would challenge their thinking from having an equal voice.
    So incredibly the citizens of Europe that have supported and allowed this corrupt method of citizen control to take place, are expressing a view on US politics? How can they even have an unbiased view they have been indoctrinated into a system where they would be headless if it wasn�t for their daily message of how the State is good for you?
    When Orwell wrote 1984 it was to be a warning to us all, however, the European Elite have adopted it as their model for the future of its people.
    Then we get the US election on the horizon one section believing that the future is in trusting its people and the other the left leaning liberal luvies that want the European model. So the question is for the US to choose freedom or enslavement, not a UK youGov poll speaking to Socialist brain dead, brain washed citizens to offer an opinion.
    Yes I am a UK citizen, wishing I was a person, not a citizen, and wishing that I was allowed to vote for someone that could represent us in government, not have a choice from a candidate list contrived by the political elite. How great would the UK be if it was a democracy?

    Ian
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:35 PM
  • People ask what Obama stands for. Well at heart Obama is a pragmatic. He will do what is right. Not this 'good or evil' nonsense.

    McCain has been in the senate for 30 years. What has he achieved. Nothing.

    SallyM
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:34 PM
  • Here's a newsflash! Americans could care less what Europeans think. Considering Europeans tastes in leaders whether it be Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, de Gaulle or Milosevic, is it any wonder?

    Joe Stillwell
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:34 PM
  • I find this poll quite astounding, and wonder if people from the countries surveyed really know what they are talking about. Obama certainly gets more publicity than McCain, maybe they (the people in the poll) see this as a reality show !!

    I would want to know more about the 'force for good' question to know what the answer is reflecting. But I think the anti-American propaganda by socialist bigots is intolerable. I hear more and more stories about Americans coming here and being 'attacked' verbally or physically. That is truly racist, and truly appalling. As am English woman (I am not a European, whatever that is!!) I can only offer my sincere apologies to all Americans that this is happening.

    Europe is a stagnant, corrupt backwater, and socialism only makes it more so. Americans will have to hope that those of us who oppose this, triumph in the end!!

    I hope Mr McCain wins. And I think the US is much more of a force for good in this world than the corrupt and evil EU.

    Friend of the US
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:32 PM
  • THANK GOD!!! Because if McCain won the European poll I would have to vote for someone - anyone - else!!

    Angela
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:32 PM
  • What a disgraceful poll by a comical newspaper. The Iranian tv website (presstv.ir) did a similar poll last week and no surprises came up with the same result. All I can say to the US is please hold the course.

    Greg - Ireland
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:32 PM
  • Reply to Joe - May 29, 2008 07:51 PM

    The USA entered the war in Europe because Germany declared war on her. And the prospect of the German fleet arriving off New York, in conjunction with the threat to the West from Japan, was a very real danger. While the Brits will always be grateful to the US for the major part they played in defeating Hitler, they certainly hadn't spent the previous two years being 'snivelling cowards'. And they didn't show much cowardice later in the war either. More Brits died in WWII than Americans. And when you compare the figures as a percentage of population the ratio is around three times the figure.

    I think David, Cambridge at 7:04pm put the reality of the situation very well. The person who becomes the US President becomes the most powerful man in the world. It's a topic of great interest to everyone - in the USA and abroad - and if, as a good American, you advocate free speech then you'll accept the right of people around the world to have a view, even if it doesn't coincide with yours.

    On the subject of whether Obama would make a better President than McCain, I suspect my view actually coincides more with yours. The USA needs change but I don't think destabilising the world situation further, for the sake of pleasing the squeamish, is the best way of going about it at present. Unfortunately for this poll Obama is the more glamourous candidate and gets the airtime over McCain, so naturally few in Europe have heard him speak or realise the real difference between McCain and Bush. Personally I think McCain would do a great job and at the moment the USA needs someone to do a really GREAT job. I've yet to hear Obama utter a single policy.

    LD
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:30 PM
  • McCain will clean Obamas clock! I will breathe a sigh of relief that the two year campaign is finally over, and will watch the inauguration of President McCain with interest. Liberals cannot be trusted not to raise taxes sky high, cut and run in Iraq, and foist a cumbersome, inefficient, and obscenely expensive "free" health care system on an unwilling American public. All Obama can say is "change". Change to what exactly and how so?

    Miranda Rights
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:30 PM
  • How can so many Europeans be so dumb?

    Ice Ko
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:06 PM
  • Obviously, if Americans know what's good for them, they'll do the opposite of what Europe wants them to do.

    John Ferguson
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:06 PM
  • So a bunch of anti-Americans prefer Barack Obama as President? Oh yeah, that should help him. Say, maybe your paper could help him out a bit (I mean aside from the constant printing Obama press releases cleverly disguised as news stories) and do something like...oh, I don't know...maybe sponsor an effort to write a bunch of letters to American voters telling them why they should vote Obama. What could go wrong?

    Paul Courchane
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:05 PM
  • McCain is too old to be the president. It's all the senile man can do to read a speech directly off the teleprompter! Why in the world would you want that to represent the USA?!

    Vern
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:05 PM
  • Well, either candidate is bad for the USA as they are both to the left. It is best for the Republicans if Obama wins as 1) that will make the Democrats unelectable for a lifetime afterwards and 2) the Republicans do not have to support McCain's idiotic ideas.

    odin
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:05 PM
  • As a Brit living in the US, I find the prospect of an Obama victory very scary - I would be surprised if 1 in 100 of those polls have read any of his policies, which are not favourable to trade with Europe or the UK. I think this is mainly down to a Euro anti-war thing.

    Andy
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:04 PM
  • For the Telegraph to publish
    this parody of a poll;in the name of the British people beggars belief.America is the only tried and true friend the English have.Of course you are
    well aware of this, as is the looney lefty media who through systematic propaganda are driving a wedge between our
    nations.Remember who said 'TELL A BIG ENOUGH LIE OFTEN ENOUGH AND PEOPLE WILL BELIEVE IT'
    (European Josef GOEBELS.)He did'nt like Americans either.

    ANENGLISHMAN
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:04 PM
  • As a naturalized US citizen I frankly want the President of the USA to look after America First, Second and Last.

    If the political leaders in Europe had been doing that for their own countries they would never have signed the Lisbon Treaty. Your contries have been given away to form the basis of the European Superstate, the EUSSR.

    So the European's favoring Obama only adds weight to the need to support McCain. We need an American who's proud of the place and will support its needs through thick and thin.

    pablo an ex pat
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:03 PM
  • Why does everyone talks so much about experience? Alot of people have experience but it's not always the right experience. Should someone be a geriatric b4 they get some political cred? B****cks. I strongly believe that Obama has the relevant transferable skills to do the job. Some people stay in office all their life and never get it right. Please give the man a break. Obama 08.

    Nicky
    on May 29, 2008
    at 09:01 PM
  • We could send Obama to EU for your president, I think he would really like that.

    william
    on May 29, 2008
    at 08:58 PM
  • I may disagree with this poll, with the socialist leanings of Europe, and with the absurd notion of Barack Obama leading anything at all ... but why do people insist on being so personal with these responses? And why does WWII pop up with vehemence every time these polls come around? My grandfather earned a Bronze Star for valor fighting through 1940's Europe ... because it was the right thing to do. The British and Russians were, at very least, as crucial to Hitler's demise as the States. I'm very patriotic, very conservative, and very pro-American, but come on. We should at least treat our UK and Euro friends as we would like to be treated ... even as we sadly watch them slide down the perilous dual slopes of socialism and Islamic fascism.

    Jonathan
    on May 29, 2008
    at 08:56 PM
  • You can't fake the truth! Obama is the BEST CHOICE FOR AMERICA. HE IS AMERICA'S ONLY CHANCE to change, turn the page and transform the world's perception on it from "evil" to "progress". I am from Canada and have not had interest in visiting the US because of the Bush-Clinton-Bush, pro-war, still largeley pro-racist and anti-immigrant immage of it. I will never visit it if Hillary gets some position of power either!!!

    Lisa Wright
    on May 29, 2008
    at 08:56 PM
  • Why don't you all take him then? You can have him. He will go along with your great medical care system and the full of it governments that you all have. Maybe he'll fit in with the French? He has a yellow streak on his back just like they do.

    Bob
    on May 29, 2008
    at 08:56 PM
  • McCain's people should make sure this poll is given wide publicity in the US. It'll boost his chances no end.

    Gordon
    on May 29, 2008
    at 08:56 PM
  • A bunch of socialists who continue to bow down to big government want B. Hussein Obama (a socialist who wants you to bow down to him) to become President of the United States.......I don't understand how this rates as news, let alone front page news.

    Dave Fleming
    on May 29, 2008
    at 08:55 PM
  • So based on the data people who HATE America prefer Barak Obama. That says it all.

    People who love America want McCain because McCain Loves America. Obama hates America and wants socialism like the people in Europe who hate us have.

    Kevin
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:51 PM
  • Barack Obama is a US Senator. John McCain is a US Senator. Where do conservatives get the audacity to question Obama's experience and declare him "Untried, Untested". When did McCain gain his presidential experience? I voted for Bush in 2000, and learned from my mistake. Maybe they should too.

    J.Reeves
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:51 PM
  • Thank goodness its America's election....and who asked the Europeans anyway. The US is the only country that stands for anything good and holds the line anyway.

    Bikini
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:51 PM
  • As thousands of my countrymen lie in graves all over Europe . . . . which, by the way, if they had not fought over there, you bunch of sniveling cowards wouldn't even have the right to do these polls. I could really give a rats arse about any poll done in Europe concerning our election.

    Joe
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:51 PM
  • It comes as no surprise that Europeans favor shallow, inexperienced, smooth-talking, pandering politicians. That's why the U.S. will always be the only Super Power on the planet. How silly to even poll such a question. Who cares?

    Robert from the U.S.A.
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:51 PM
  • PLUS, Russians are notorious biggots and racists. Their common word to use for black people is literally the "N" word. The Russian votes here clearly show that. I know many Russians and Ukrainians and they are very racist on average after speaking to them about Obama. A common reason they don't like him is "I don't trust n****rs".

    Brennan
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:51 PM
  • All i can say is that i am astonished at some of the comments that some people have posted . Is it normal that their should exist such utter disrespect for other people's opinions? How strange and i am even afraid to say..how very narrow-minded! This only proves how dogmatic American politics has become;

    ouiem
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:50 PM
  • Well what else is new? If it was really up to Europeans, the list of US Presidents since LBJ would probably include George McGovern, Ramsey Clark, Eugene McCarthy, Jesse Jackson, and Ted Kennedy. I don't think most European countries have any politicians comparable to what Americans consider 'conservative,' so it's not surprising they should consistently pick people who they feel more comfortable with-liberals.

    gbj
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:50 PM
  • Anyone, European, Asian, Middle Eastern or otherwise who thinks the U.S. is a force for evil, hasn't been paying attention to world history over the last 100+ years. Those that do deserve all the evil that Islamic fascists, and opressive regimes world wide have wrought and will try to continue to.
    George Bush will leave office (peacefully unlike in much of the world) in January. Then who will you knuckleheads have to blame?

    Geno
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:50 PM
  • Obama is a 1 term senator with no qualifications to be President. Being mostly socialists in Europe I can see why some would like him. From one American's perspective, the less we are like you, the better off we are historically. When Iran's Ahmadinejad says that he want's Israel wiped off the map, you call us Evil, I just can't take you seriously any more. That is frredom, we will continue to offer humanitarian aid anywhere in the world we can and some of you can be silly.

    Mark
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:50 PM
  • So Obama should be President and you don't like the U.S.? No big surprise about either coming from Europe. Regarding Obama - this is why you don't vote in our elections and quite frankly, this poll will tick off enough Americans so they won't vote for the guy. As to you liking us or not I don't really care - I don't like a lot of what Europe stands for either so we're even. However, don't be surprised if you get invaded and we're less amiable about helping you get your backside out of the ringer again. Eventually we'll believe you when you say we're not wanted.

    Cynthia
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:50 PM
  • I'm happy about this poll. Everytime one of these runs around election time, they prove to be opposite of what will happen. Not like I care what they think they don't live here.

    Logan
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:19 PM
  • I think John said it well.

    When the US can no longer police the world, the world will lose its umbrella of protection against China, Russia, and a united aggresive Islam.

    I think that day is coming sooner than people think.


    David
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:19 PM
  • What do I care about what the French think? Last I checked they have never supported the US since the sent us the Statue of Liberty only because they hated the Brits more. They shouldn't even be in the G8 any longer & left us to hold the bag in Vietnam.

    Jerry Jungels
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:15 PM
  • It's not surprising, as most do not realise that Bush is just inept and could not do a war right if his life depended on it, those that voted for Obama probably would have said FDR was a war monger during world War II.

    Rich Native American
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:14 PM
  • Obama is a 1 term senator with no qualifications to be President. Being mostly socialists in Europe I can see why some would like him. From one American's perspective, the less we are like you, the better off we are historically. When Iran's Ahmadinejad says that he want's Israel wiped off the map, you call us Evil, I just can't take you seriously any more. That is frredom, we will continue to offer humanitarian aid anywhere in the world we can and some of you can be silly.

    Mark
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:14 PM
  • This coming from a group of Countries who, minus Germany of course, were steamrolled or backed into a corner by the Nazi's for failing to confront evil early on when Hitler was practically telegraphing his intentions to all of Europe.

    You people have learned nothing and only trample upon the souls of all those who gave their lives to give you the freedoms you have today.

    When the terrorist point their eyes at your countries, this American says you�re on your own!

    Ed
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:14 PM
  • David Flanaghan:
    "So lets get this right a opinion poll amongst people who havent listened to the speeches or are aware of the issues give their support to a man they do not know and have probably heard speak for two minutes. "

    Apparently Americans are unaware that the rest of the world gets their news too.

    James H
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:14 PM
  • How many of us would value the opinion of USA citizens (or those of other European countries) on how we should vote in our elections?

    I'm sure USA citizens feel the same way.

    This is an opinion poll too far!

    Best regards

    Nigel Sedgwick
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:13 PM
  • I would like to know if this poll asked people to name one accomplishment of Barack Obama or one reasonable campaign pledge that he will actually be likely to fulfill. On what basis are these people voting? This is uninformed trash at best ... and yellow journalism at worst.

    Jonathan
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:13 PM
  • Hmmm...well that settles it. I was on the fence before, but now I see since Europe, along with Hamas, wants to see Obama...my vote is for McCain!

    Peter
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:13 PM
  • Who picked the participants???
    Where is the Disclaimer?
    David D

    David D
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:13 PM
  • The world loves Obama! After 8 years of having a drooling war criminal in office, Barack Obama will finally have the chance to restore America's reputation. Hopefully we can return to the "shining city on the hill" that we used to be.

    Beth
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:13 PM
  • Only the truly stupid would believe that America isn't positive force in the world.

    No wonder so many people risk life and limb to get there from other countries!!

    Simon
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:12 PM
  • McCain is too old to be the president. It's all the senile man can do to read a speech directly off the teleprompter! Why in the world would you want that to represent the USA?!

    Vern
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:12 PM
  • Obama is a 1 term senator with no qualifications to be President. Being mostly socialists in Europe I can see why some would like him. From one American's perspective, the less we are like you, the better off we are historically. When Iran's Ahmadinejad says that he want's Israel wiped off the map, you call us Evil, I just can't take you seriously any more. That is frredom, we will continue to offer humanitarian aid anywhere in the world we can and some of you can be silly.

    Mark
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:11 PM
  • BTW -- these poll results are not good news for Obama. Americans did not vote FOR George Bush in 2004 so much as they voted AGAINST the European socialist model (represented by John Kerry).

    liberal family
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:10 PM
  • People are so mindless it is scary. How could you believe America is a force for evil in the world. Even if you are completely against the Iraq war, it was still to overthrow a brutal dictator. America (the people and the government) contribute more aid, more food, more help, more money, more resources than anyone else in the world by a huge margin. America is pretty much the only Nation defending Israel when their neighbors are trying to wipe them out. Just think about this example. On 9-11-01 Arab countries had people dancing in the streets. When a devestating earthquake hits Iran, or China, who is the first Country to stand up and offer help and money, regardless of past or future differences. Don't let your mind be swayed by slanted reporting and small minded people who just want to take down America because it is America or because it is fashionable to do so. USE YOUR OWN BRAINS.

    TRB
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:10 PM
  • Senator Obama's inexperience is vast. Ironically, this seems not to matter to those polled, since many in Europe are filled with a weak kneed, appeasment mentality, merrily leading the continent down the road to ruin. Obama is so colossally underprepared and flimsy in his views that his presidency during a time of a threatening Iran, growing China and Islamic terror would be difficult to bear. Certainly he would give Chamberlain a run for his money.

    Brendan
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:10 PM
  • Obama has decided to remove all US bases and all military from European Countries. He will bring the US military home from all over the world. Won't that be great!

    Marie Stein
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:09 PM
  • I love Europe! But....thank God it's not up to Europeans to choose who OUR President should be.

    Sheila
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:09 PM
  • Typical European lefties.....

    Oh a what a b***** surprise.

    Most of the dipsticks don't even know who McCain is yet as there's been minimal media coverage here so far....

    What a POINTLESS poll!!

    Drew
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:09 PM
  • First let me say we Americans are arrogant... we have a right to be.

    We are hands down the most generous nation on the planet. We give more, do more, and promote more freedom to the world's masses than any other 10 countries combined. Does everything go perfect every time? No, but at least we try. You're all a bunch of ingrates.

    Oh and the ex-Soviets are upset because they've been brainwashed from birth into thinking Communism is something other than pure evil.

    John
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:09 PM
  • Now why don't you all jest lay-off them Europeons. They got a right to their opinion jest like us folks here in Daggett, Pennsylvania. Anyways, that Bush had no right sending are boys off to fight some foreign war where we had no buzness stickin our noses in the first place, We've got about as much business being in Iraq as we do being in France or England or Belgium! But Bush ain't the first Prezident to pull these dirty tricks acting all high an mighty. No sir... That ole country bumpkin lawyer Abe Lincoln done sent my great grandpappy Willy all the way to Mississippi to fight some worthless war. I been to Mississsippi, an man, that definitely is a foreign country. Then that geeky, bookworm Woodrow Wilson sent granpa to France ( Granpa though liked it on account on how nice them French girls are) then that conniver FDR sent daddy back over to fight a bunch of German boys he'd never even met( even though that's kinda a lie since dadd enlisted with Granpa and Grandma's permission right after his 17th birthday.) Anyways you all Uropeons keep up the good work an help get us elected a bright kid like Obama who''l keep our boys home here in our 57 states. ( But if you want to send some of them nice French girls over, that'll work) Have a nice day . Cuz

    Country Cuz
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:09 PM
  • Well on past performance of Europeans expressing support for a particular candidate McCain should be a shoe in. Barack Hussain Obama is a straw man who will be made to look stupid when he comes up against McCain.

    Call me Infidel
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:09 PM
  • Er... Hillary Clinton? I know Obama is ahead in delegates but come on... it would have been far more interesting to put Obama v Clinton to a European poll.

    LD
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:09 PM
  • I wish all the U.S. citizens see this report & come to notice how far the Bush regime has taken us!

    Wake up America!
    Barack Obama '08

    Joe
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:08 PM
  • Ummmm..... I don't think you get to vote, so who cares?

    Barney Rubble
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:08 PM
  • You people sound like automatons. How dare the telegraph ask Europeans their opinions about american politics? It's against everything we Americans stand for! Their opinions don't matter! It's not a global community. The world runs according to how we Americans say it runs!

    johnny
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:08 PM
  • What about Ron Paul?

    Chris
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:07 PM
  • So the population of Socialist State of Europe think that as Obama gives the impression that he is close to their view of the world he is fit to run the US. That depends whether the people of the US believe that the destruction of their economy is worth pleasing the Europeans. Just look how the left leaning UK politburo has reduced the UK to rack and ruin � does the US need that?

    Ian
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:07 PM
  • I am an American who is deeply insulted by this, to a degree that Europeans may find extremely dangerous, to themselves. The next time Europe needs the people of the United States to send their sons and daughters to Europe to defend her, perhaps the people of America will just say no. And their will be a next time. I for one would vote to never let another American soldier die on a European battlefield to defend a gutless, stab your friend in the back mentality that would now so easily define a people as evil who, not too long ago, were the only salvation against REAL evil. Many Europeans seem to have very short memories. Pray, for your own sake, that Americans do too.

    Robert
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:07 PM
  • Thanks goodness Europe doesn't get to vote in the US elections!

    Mike Johnson
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:07 PM
  • I sometimes think that those Americans who sling off at polls like these and shriek about ignorant Eurotrash don't really understand the place of their own country in the world. The US is the world's most powerful nation. The choices it makes affect all of us. It is not unreasonable for non-Americans to have opinions on who should be the US leader. We're not forcing the opinions on anyone. We certainly aren't going to riot if people vote the other way - we have our own hopeless leaders to account for. These opinions may or may not be well-based. But given that 10% of Americans think that Obama is a Muslim, or 22% think that Bush knew about 9/11 in advance, I wouldn't be so hasty to insist that all Europeans are ignorant and that all Americans (especially right-wing ones) are fantastically well-informed. Whether you like it or not, we have an opinion on what's going on in the world. Get used to it.

    David, Cambridge, UK
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:07 PM
  • So??? What does that mean? How would we feel about if a poll was conducted in the US about 'their choice' for a British prime minister. We know they love Tony Blair... but WE don't.

    Beatriz
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:06 PM
  • It's interesting to see so many people panic at the thought of a liberal president. For the past 8 years the U.S. has been driven far to the reactionary right. Maybe it�s time for some balance. I think that the most brilliant political move of all time was our Republican movement to convince normally free-thinking Americans to equate liberalism with weakness. It follows right along the scare tactics plan.

    News Alert: The Dems are taking this country back for awhile and the Public Kins (of which I have counted myself for 40 yrs) can either help right the course, or panic and cast aspersions on someone who is trying to get us back to a place of international prominence. You cannot have it both ways. Some on this blog say it doesn�t matter to them what foreigners think about America yet out of the other side of their mouth they note that we need to keep a prominent profile in the Mideast so that our allies there do not lose faith in us. Personally, I�d much rather count Italy, Germany, Britain, France and Russia as our allies versus the Saudis.

    John
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:06 PM
  • Yeah, Imma 31 yr old guy livin in Kansas usa.
    Im currently on vacation in the UK where I get filthy looks walkin down the street.
    I can only pin that on Bushs foreign policies.
    Perhaps when Obama is in power I can come back over and people will be more tolerant of my American ness

    Kevin Pedersen
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:06 PM
  • No surprise there--blathering liberal europeans head over heels in love with another vacuous socialist. McCain should use this endorsement to good effect come the autumn!

    brian
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:06 PM
  • Stay out of our business! We don't tell you how to vote in your elections so don't tell us how to vote. Obama will make a horrible President. I am an Independent who leans Democratic and after listening to his speeches and examining what little record he has (intimidating fellow candidates in Chicago, voting present (not yes or no) on most issues, etc.), I have to vote for Senator McCain. I don't agree with most of his positions, however, he at least is honest, principalled (something Obama is not as he will do anything and say anything to get elected), and has been tested. Also, all these comparisons of Obama to Kennedy should not be a good thing. Kennedy was a bad president who is remembered only because he was murdered. He did nothing for civil rights and was a dud. Kennedy had many years in office which begs the question how can Obama expect to be a president like Kennedy with even fewer years of service.

    Butt out of our race Europe. You time in the spotlight ended after WW II. Your Empire's are gone. While the United States wants to work with you, you clearly have shown that you have only one goal in mind: Helping yourself. No wonder your citizens are lazy and your immigrants riot.

    John von Bachsnich und Coburg
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:06 PM
  • It's interesting to see so many people panic at the thought of a liberal president. For the past 8 years the U.S. has been driven far to the reactionary right. Maybe it?s time for some balance. I think that the most brilliant political move of all time was our Republican movement to convince normally free-thinking Americans to equate liberalism with weakness. It follows right along the scare tactics plan.

    News Alert: The Dems are taking this country back for awhile and the Public Kins (of which I have counted myself for 40 yrs) can either help right the course, or panic and cast aspersions on someone who is trying to get us back to a place of international prominence. You cannot have it both ways. Some on this blog say it doesn?t matter to them what foreigners think about America yet out of the other side of their mouth they note that we need to keep a prominent profile in the Mideast so that our allies there do not lose faith in us. Personally, I?d much rather count Italy, Germany, Britain, France and Russia as our allies versus the Saudis.

    John
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:05 PM
  • A message for American readers- this poll simply highlights who most people in the European countries analyzed would prefer as the next US President. It was not designed to tell you who to vote for. Why are so many of you so overly-sensitive as a nation? Besides, with half of your voters having opted for Bush twice over, I think the rest of the world long since gave up on enough of you being discerning enough to vote for someone with half a brain. But I guess that answers my question!

    Mike
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:05 PM
  • What do "Desperate Housewives" and Obama have in common? Both are American, both extrememly popular in Europe, and both fantasies.
    "I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph." - Margaret Thatcher
    "Our political differences, no matter how sharply they are debated, are really quite narrow in comparison to the remarkably durable national consensus on our founding convictions." - President John McCain

    C.D.
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:04 PM
  • I sometimes think that those Americans who sling off at polls like these and shriek about ignorant Eurotrash don't really understand the place of their own country in the world. The US is the world's most powerful nation. The choices it makes affect all of us. It is not unreasonable for non-Americans to have opinions on who should be the US leader. We're not forcing the opinions on anyone. We certainly aren't going to riot if people vote the other way - we have our own hopeless leaders to account for. These opinions may or may not be well-based. But given that 10% of Americans think that Obama is a Muslim, or 22% think that Bush knew about 9/11 in advance, I wouldn't be so hasty to insist that all Europeans are ignorant and that all Americans (especially right-wing ones) are fantastically well-informed. Whether you like it or not, we have an opinion on what's going on in the world. Get used to it.

    David, Cambridge, UK
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:04 PM
  • Who give a crap what you folks think ? Wait until you need us again - I won't be sending my sons to "dig" you out of failed bomb shelters. Losers!

    John Smith
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:04 PM
  • I'll give you a number and lets see if you can guess what it is: ".00002". Let me spell it out for you. I ran a tally of the total true population by web searching populations of the respective countries and divided it by the number of people (who agreed to be) polled. Yes people! .00002 percent, of "European" people, feel this way. Didnt you know that there are only 5 countries that are "European"? Oh an you other 399,994,000 "European" people who were not one of the 6,000 who were polled can eat it. You don't count. You were simply mushed into some guesswork (based on someones opinion) to reduce the Margin of Error to and "Acceptable Level". Let me give you a clue, the Margin of Error on this was so pathetic, they didnt release what it was. I have requested polling data from agencies who conduct political polls. Mostly they crap their pants at the thought that their fuzzy math might be scrutinized and act as if you have pissed on their mothers grave by asking to see the data related to the poll.

    Joe
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:04 PM
  • I can only assume the Euros have been swayed by Sen. Obama's rhetorical skills and have not examined his policy positions - which are universally appalling. Economically, he proposes to be a complete tool of special interests (don't try to tell me the unions aren't a special interest). His foreign policy proposals show a combination of hubris and naivete which is positively breath-taking.
    I hope you look at your own potential leaders' policy positions more carefully than you obviously have ours.

    Jonathan Hayes
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:04 PM
  • I don't trust Mr. Obama.
    America needs strong leadership in this time of crisis and instability.

    Peter Ramsey
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:04 PM
  • The European anti-US attitude amazes me, especially considering that the US has never bombed a train, subway station, started week long violent and destructive riots or put out death threats for drawing a cartoon.

    Yes, the U.S. actually had the stones to lead a confrontion with a dictator and bring him to task for regularly flaunting UN resolution after UN resolution, making the faulty intelligence regarding the WMD's seem that much more credible. It is undeniable that protecting Saudi Arabia and to re-opening the Iraqi oil supply to the world was an added incentive, but this is same reason Russia and France opposed the invasion--they were the biggest investors in Iraqi oil and Saddam Hussein debt. Hypocricy? I'd say so.

    Or perhaps its just a simple post cold-war backlash, much like a teenager to an over-protective parent. Throw in the standard European belief that they are historically superior and more culturally advanced than the rest of the world (including other Europeans), resentment against the world's only superpower is guaranteed. Just imagine what the French would say to a similar poll done in the U.S. for their next major election!

    Wolfgang
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:04 PM
  • Yes, though has anyone noticed when Obama speaks something is going on with his eyes?
    Something shifty about that chap and no mistake.
    I don't know him, but I can say I don't trust him.
    I am going to give him short shrift

    O. Wlawyer
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:03 PM
  • Did I miss something? Do Europeans now get a vote in the US? If not, who cares? Euros are only impacted by US foreign policy, stateside we need to look at the whole package. Obama will take the country socialist and McCain will be no change. What a choice!

    Charles
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:03 PM
  • I am amazed that the Telegraph should commission such a stupid poll. You can be assured if Obama was standing for election in the UK, he wouldn't have a prayer. I strongly believe he doesn't have one in the United States either.



















    George Mahoney
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:03 PM
  • how objective can this poll be? as an American, i'd like to know how the hell they phrased an appropriate poll and came up with terms like "anti-BUSH Britain" or how about this gem?...."the U.S. a force for evil". how can an "objective" journalist use that terminology and still call themselves a journalist?

    LEO
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:00 PM
  • Did I miss something? Do Europeans now get a vote in the US? If not, who cares? Euros are only impacted by US foreign policy, stateside we need to look at the whole package. Obama will take the country socialist and McCain will be no change. What a choice!

    Charles
    on May 29, 2008
    at 07:00 PM
  • The countries polled are not basing their opinions on knowledge of the real individuals involved . They are basing their views on images . It has been too early for even most Americans to see far past the media love-affair with Obama , but it has finally happened . Obama has had a honeymoon with the US and international Press until now, and they have done their best to hide his flaws . This cannot go on for very long , however. Obama has unmistakably shown himself to anyone doing the real investigation , as Gaffe Central . His education is sufficient as a civil lawyer , and beyond that , he is fairly ignorant, inexperienced, and would like to implement a Dutch health care system in USA . It will not happen .

    Teleology
    on May 29, 2008
    at 06:59 PM
  • As an American and a Brit, I will be voting in both elections (US and UK). I'll be voting for McCain and Cameron, but I'll be holding my nose both times.

    Bill
    on May 29, 2008
    at 06:55 PM
  • Hi,
    Telegraph polls are old fashioned. I have one in front of my house.
    Regards Dr. Terence Hale

    Terence Hale
    on May 29, 2008
    at 06:51 PM
  • So what?

    Orson Presence
    on May 29, 2008
    at 06:51 PM
  • My immediate thought on reading this headline was " So what?"

    "unprecedented poll" Of course it is, because nobody else thought it was worth researching.

    Rex Banner
    on May 29, 2008
    at 06:51 PM
  • The DT has finally lost the plot with this insolent, and foolish piece of meddling non-journalism.
    Thank heavens the US electorate are not only better informed than the chattering European bien-pensants, but are quite likely to take this information in the spirit it was intended - as an insult.
    I have had it with this newspaper, it has truly lost the plot.

    45govt
    on May 29, 2008
    at 06:50 PM
  • His plan is to tax us just like the folks in Europe. Plus the guy has never had a job, he talks change, but never mentions HOW

    bernard michael
    on May 29, 2008
    at 05:08 PM
  • thank god you people can't vote......

    john rasmussen
    on May 29, 2008
    at 05:06 PM
  • All very interesting but it will be Americans who vote for their president not Europeans. Further more, their opinions are more swayed by Bush's unpopular position than by really understanding what needs to be done in the US and who might be best placed to do it. Obama is an untried, untested and often uninformed political novice in the grand scheme of things and the likening of him to JFK, as I have seen, is a mistake. Obama will try to take this country way too far left for the likes of many Americans and McCain is far enough in the center to bring balance and stabilty, and a safe pair of hands for security. Do not pressume that opinion in Russia and the UK will have sway in November.

    keith manton
    on May 29, 2008
    at 05:05 PM
  • A poll commissioned by the DT finds Obama more popular? No surprise there since the DT has been singing his praises and pushing him down its readers throats practically since the day he announced he was running. Would we have heard about the results if it had turned out otherwise? I doubt it.

    What an utter waste of time, and presumably money. We in the USA can and will make up our own minds who to vote for, thank you very much.

    Chris
    on May 29, 2008
    at 05:05 PM
  • Dear Oh Dear. I do hope that this "poll" doesn't get too much attention in the US!!!

    Chris
    on May 29, 2008
    at 05:04 PM
  • Wouldn't most Europeans have voted for Al Gore and John Kerry as well? Barak Obama doesn't stand a chance in the country that elected G.W.Bush. Twice.

    John
    on May 29, 2008
    at 04:59 PM
  • I have only one thing to say:"Cancel my non-subscription!". When did you take that poll and how DARE you use such a meaningless piece of junk data as leader!!! Or should it carry the caption: "Paid for by Obama campaign".
    The Telegraph was already down the drain but that is the pits, and they have all been closed down.

    Elizabeth Schumann
    on May 29, 2008
    at 04:58 PM
  • Without a doubt Mr Obama would
    make a better President.He is not like Bush,a war monger.George W Bush in his
    presidency only ever tried to
    correct what his father did so
    terribly wrong in his term as
    president.

    Eddy Nesbitt
    on May 29, 2008
    at 04:58 PM
  • I am an American citizen and I can tell you that it is a global culture these days. We need leaders who believe in talking to other countries, not shoving our policies down their throats. Obama is popular because we are all sick of politics as usual. The other candidates experience only makes them more likely to repeat the political cycle. I want change. Now.

    A.E. Bergstrom
    on May 29, 2008
    at 04:58 PM
  • So lets get this right a opinion poll amongst people who havent listened to the speeches or are aware of the issues give their support to a man they do not know and have probably heard speak for two minutes.

    Not that far reaching when you come to think of it. What a waste of time and money

    David Flanaghan
    on May 29, 2008
    at 04:56 PM
  • I happen to like the US, and McCain, i don't see why everyone is so anti-US.

    Just wait till China gets going, we'll be begging the US for help.

    That will be so ironic..

    john
    on May 29, 2008
    at 04:53 PM
  • Based on this I think it's safe to say that McCain will win the only poll the counts - the U.S. election. Is this poll supposed to convince Americans to do vote for Obama? Unbelievable.

    Steven
    on May 29, 2008
    at 04:53 PM
  • If I were a US citizen, this story would make me a great deal more likely to vote for McCain. After all, what was the War of Independence all about? The European media made its preferences clear in 2004, and the American voters quite rightly paid no attention.

    Dr. Stephen Morris
    on May 29, 2008
    at 04:41 PM
  • Senator Obama is an untried leader whose national leadership record has no substance. He has had nearly two years to step forward and lead and he did not...he has waited for the moment to make a grand splash. While there may well be a leader of great substance beneath the gloss, I am worried he will turn out to be a Neville Chamberlain or Ramsey McDonald or Stanley Baldwin.

    Burnie Adams
    on May 29, 2008
    at 04:41 PM

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