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World Opinion on U.S. Election Leans Obama

By Jose Antonio Vargas
If the borderless Web has put the whole world "just a few clicks away," as Amira Al Hussaini of Voices Without Votes puts it, what kind of input should non-Americans have when it comes to next Tuesday's election?

Bragi Thor Antoniusson, a 23-year-old student in Iceland, thinks the answer is: at least some.

"We're not asking to have a vote, what we're asking is that Americans open their eyes and see that the world's opinion matters," Antoniusson told The Trail.

Antoniusson helped create the online survey site If the World Could Vote, where users click to vote by country. To prevent multiple votes and voting by bots, the site counts one vote per IP address (the identifying code for a computer's network). If you've clicked on either Sen. John McCain or Sen. Barack Obama to cast a vote using your personal or work computer, whichever country that computer may be in, the site only counts the vote once. There are ways to abuse this, of course -- users can vote from more than one computer, for example -- but, for the most part, it works. One click, one vote. "Some people may think the site is just silly, or just something to pass around with friends," Antoniusson said, "but it's still saying something."

And Antoniusson, an Obama supporter, was happy to report that as of Monday night, it's a digital landslide for the Democrat. Out of 475,000 votes cast from 200 countries, Obama drubs McCain, 87 percent to 13 percent. More than 40,000 votes-by-clicks were cast in Canada, about 20,000 came from Australia and Finland and some 4,000 from China. About 170,000 came from America.

The results of Antonoiusson's unscientific poll are in sync with findings from the most recent Gallup polls conducted in 70 countries. Gallup's world poll, which can be accessed on Foreign Policy's site, shows Obama leading McCain 66 percent to 15 in Japan, for example.

"For me, my vote for Obama goes back to his opposition to the Iraq war. I know it's not high on the list of what Americans want to talk about, but America's invasion of Iraq affected more than just America. There are about 40 other countries with troops in Iraq because America decided to go to war," Antoniusson continued. (Most of the troops from the coalition that assisted with the initial phase of the war have since departed).

Here in the U.S., Obama's online popularity has only grown in the past two years, judging by the record amount of money he's raised online and the number of his supporters on several social networking sites. The same goes for Obama's online pull in rest of the world, which has been paying close attention to the 22-month campaign on blogs, social networking sites and YouTube.

"It's been really incredible, watching how the world is reaching to the idea of a possible Obama presidency," said David Michaelis of the the video portal Link TV. A few months ago, Link TV launched a project called Dear American Voter, allowing people to send video messages to those members of the American public who visit his site. In a four-minute video titled "America is the Hope of the World," one South African project participant said, "American is as loved as much as it is hated ... prayed for as much as it is cursed." An Obama win, the video blogger said, would go a long way toward improving America's image in the world.

But win or lose, the next U.S. president -- and a growing population of Web-savvy Americans -- will be hearing more and more from non-Americans. That's the thing about the Internet: Everyone has a voice, whether or not we want to listen to it.

This is one in a series of online columns on our growing "clickocracy," in which we are one nation under Google, with e-mail and video for all. Please send suggestions, comments and tips to vargasj@washpost.com.

Posted at 11:30 AM ET on Oct 28, 2008  | Category:  The Clickocracy
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Uhhh, mightytightywhitey;

First, Chill Dude!

Take a Breath!

Now;

Would you like some Cheese?

To go with all that WHINE! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 28, 2008 8:06 PM

The rest of the world has a right to be concerned, they have watched America be taken over by the most ignorant uneducated most selfish and stupid people within it's society. The complete lack of understanding of the financial system by those who are enslaved by it the complete ignorance of how a society functions the complete stupidity it takes to elect politicians who do not represent them and use the government to create their own personal banana republic while chiding and vilifying that government. The Republican party is a kleptocracy, it steals from the people and gives to itself and its corporations, and the stupidity of those who defend it and repeatedly vote for it is unbelievable. The Republican party has repeatedly caused the most economic destruction for their own gains, the robber barons and the gilded age, the first great depression was created with the same regressive tax system that they have now put in place. The stagnation and inflation of the 70's and now the greatest financial implosion in the history of the world. The Derivatives markets that caused the financial collapse in 1907 and then were repealed by the rapacious repugnant greed mongers that have made billions and now thanks to the stupidity of those who can not comprehend that they are not now nor ever will be part of the ruling wealthy class constantly decry the wealthiest in society having to pay their fair share. A land of idiots right wing whack jobs and ignorant know nothings who cannot formulate the basic reasoning skills to see that society functions and is built on the working classes, demand drives the economy, demand comes from wages, demand comes from a society that has the ability to buy things that then have to be supplied not the other way around. Conservatives are a poison, intellectually and morally bankrupt lying malevolent reprobates that have destroyed every common and useful good created by and for society for their own greed and self importance. Impotent parisites who create nothing of value but inflate and conflate the goods and services created by and on behalf of the rest of society.

Posted by: mightytightywhity | October 28, 2008 4:25 PM

thecannula | October 28, 2008 1:47 PM
Wrote::
))
OBAMA’S MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT - $1200
McCAIN’S MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT - $300 + LOWER
CORPORATE TAXES FOR BUSINESES CREATING
MIDDLE CLASS JOBS
LET’S SEE- $1200 CHECK VS $300 CHECK+JOB
hmmmmm, what a dilemma…
))

As a small business owner the increase in taxes caused by Obama's raise in taxes to the republican Reagan level will not affect me at all.

What will affect me is McCains health care plan the existing payroll taxes and an economy that goes into the toilet.

Everyone is worried about a redistribution of wealth well what do you call 700 billion to bail out the fat cats.
Do you really think that Fuld was worth 250 million a year.
What about GM et al now wanting 21 billion to keep going when during the 90's they were the largest importer of cars into the US.
Perhaps as a condition of bailout we should limit executives pay to $400k/ year and hopefully many will resign and we can get some small business owners in there that know how to run things from the office rather than the golf course.

Posted by: akpat | October 28, 2008 4:05 PM

thecannula | October 28, 2008 1:47 PM
Wrote::
))
OBAMA’S MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT - $1200
McCAIN’S MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT - $300 + LOWER
CORPORATE TAXES FOR BUSINESES CREATING
MIDDLE CLASS JOBS
LET’S SEE- $1200 CHECK VS $300 CHECK+JOB
hmmmmm, what a dilemma…
))

As a small business owner the increase in taxes caused by Obama's raise in taxes to the republican Reagan level will not affect me at all.

What will affect me is McCains health care plan the existing payroll taxes and an economy that goes into the toilet.

Everyone is worried about a redistribution of wealth well what do you call 700 billion to bail out the fat cats.
Do you really think that Fuld was worth 250 million a year.
What about GM et al now wanting 21 billion to keep going when during the 90's they were the largest importer of cars into the US.
Perhaps as a condition of bailout we should limit executives pay to $400k/ year and hopefully many will resign and we can get some small business owners in there that know how to run things from the office rather than the golf course.

Posted by: akpat | October 28, 2008 4:01 PM

"Why don't you worry about the corruption in your own countries' leaders first and worry about the US when you have your own affairs in order.

Posted by: Cryos

They just asked their opinion. They didnt ask them to run the USA.

You missed the point but judging by your other posts I'm not surprised. Other countries seem to criticize the US and want to say who should be our president yet their own leadership is corrupt and doesn't listen to them anyways.

Posted by: ottothewise"

Posted by: Cryos | October 28, 2008 3:40 PM

In 1975 Biden was involved in demanding the US government to stop the war in Vietnam. What he and his colleagues did was justifiable but they did it in a hurry. The result caused a quick collapse of South Vietnam. Because of that many South Vietnamese were killed or put in prisons by North Vietnam. Biden and Obama may do the same thing in Iraq if they get elected, first they would withdraw the troops and then cut off the funding. If they did it in a hurry, Iraq would become another Vietnam.

Posted by: nononsense3 | October 28, 2008 3:38 PM

Socialism spells out trouble in communist countries such as Russia, China, Vietnam, Cuba and North Korea because it invites poor people to depend on the help from the government and discourages investors who may think the government will take a big chunk out of their success. Obama is going backward because many communist countries are leaning toward capitalism. This could be a big mistake from Obama.

Posted by: nononsense3 | October 28, 2008 3:21 PM

VOTE OBAMA BIDEN 08...!!!

Posted by: fu_buki | October 28, 2008 3:21 PM

Ohhhh LOL! :-D

Seems "GODHIMSELF(1)" needs a REALITY Check;

and a "Spell" Check!

Then again, maybe it is (His) Messiah who does!
See, "Barry"(He threw his Islamic name under his bus before he could even drive!), spells it Barak! Which, makes my Spell checker cry! ;~)

Then, RACIST? Me?

Who is the DIP making disparaging comments about the American Working Class Whites?

I said NOTHING Racially related at ALL!

But, as Barak Hussein has allowed his Warped and Sick followers to continue doing, Reverse Racism is alive and well!

And Barak hussein O'bomba-Nation is Banking on it!

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 28, 2008 3:19 PM

Why don't you worry about the corruption in your own countries' leaders first and worry about the US when you have your own affairs in order.

Posted by: Cryos

They just asked their opinion. They didnt ask them to run the USA.

Posted by: ottothewise | October 28, 2008 3:16 PM

I would like to see an analysis of why workers should accept the stories about trickle down after 20 years of failure by the capitalist story tellers.

All the anti-socialist, anti-union rants boil down to this:

Change is scary, let's keep up the insane failures of the past.
We should pretend to be Christians when it comes to controlling people with sexual preferences other than our own but dont even think about taking care of children or the elderly,
I WANT MINE AND I WANT IT ALL!!

Posted by: ottothewise | October 28, 2008 3:15 PM

I"m going to repeat this post.

Also the EU are the ones who tried bypassing voters to force a new constitution packaged as a treaty but Ireland stopped that nonsense. Maybe Europe should focus on things first like your governments' attempts to steamroll a loss of sovereign powers past your citizens.

Why don't you worry about the corruption in your own countries' leaders first and worry about the US when you have your own affairs in order.

Posted by: Cryos | October 28, 2008 3:09 PM

World opinion doesnt matter to the right wing ideologues.

French fry jokes, that's the right wing approach to foreign policy.

Make the "other" into the enemy. That's the entire GOP game plan.

Posted by: ottothewise | October 28, 2008 3:07 PM

Geez, these rightie nutjobs are pissed! They see progress coming and it scares the heck out of them.

Yes, change is scary. However, it is necessary to move forward because the status-quo of the past 8 years obviously has failed miserably.

Barack will bring this overdue change on Jan 20 and trust me, it will benefit all of us.

Posted by: Godhimself1 | October 28, 2008 3:03 PM

SAINT---The:
I hope you know sniffing glue is bad for you. But you probably don't because hate mongers like you are certainly not the smartest of the bunch. So keep on sniffing and eating your possum pie but please stop diddling your children...that is just sick.

You are a bigot. The hate you spew is un-American and there is no place for that in this country. America stands for diversity and tolerance. If continue w/ your racist remarks, let me say on behalf of this country, you are not welcome in this great nation. You are un-American. Please leave.

Posted by: Godhimself1 | October 28, 2008 2:43 PM

This should be bigger news. America is at the hip of the rest of the world through technology, media, and commerce. Isolationism is eventually dissolving away. The world is listening and the world becoming more homogenous.

Posted by: janefree0513 | October 28, 2008 2:40 PM

Sooooo, Chris Brown from Hamburg;

Truth HURTS now don't it?

Did you catch "Barry" on his "I'm a Magical Mystery" Tour?

All the Euro-O'Bombasamabots made it!

Seems Obasama drew some crowds of his adoring fans from abroad! Going to see the Messiah sure beats just sitting around-because just like Socialism, You do not Work either!

Well, if it was up to me, and if this was a Perfect World-You could have O'Bomba-Nation, Iran could have a real Religious Nut-Job/ Ideologue in Bushie, AhmadineBad could go to Cuba(Where he could take over the Radio Stations blasting at the US), and McCain could run for President of Panama.

Mitt Romney could continue the American Tradition of CAPITALISM here! ;~)

LOL! :-D

Libbies! The "Dingleberries" of Politics!

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 28, 2008 2:27 PM

OBAMA’S MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT - $1200

McCAIN’S MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT - $300 + LOWER

CORPORATE TAXES FOR BUSINESES CREATING
MIDDLE CLASS JOBS

LET’S SEE- $1200 CHECK VS $300 CHECK+JOB

hmmmmm, what a dilemma…

Posted by: thecannula | October 28, 2008 1:47 PM

"Dear Saint,

A saint you're not otherwise you'd can the valley gal slang and the cheap insults. This is a serious election and throwing mud around doesn't scare or convince anyone.

Meantime the hatred that the McCainPalin campaign has fostered has already produced dangerous neo-nazi fantasies. Don't forget that a nazi shot Gov. Wallace and the U.S. has had enough assassinations over the years.

Chris Brown in Hamburg

Posted by: chrisbrown1"

Don't forget we can thank Germany for nazis in the first place. I think that is not current german's fault but please don't lecture america on Nazis. I know other countries want america to adopt socialism and start giving handouts to the rest of the world but hopefully that doesn't happen. FYI there is something called a work ethic countries like Germany used to hold dear but unfortunately many european countries are going under due to misguided socialist policies. You've tried to stay afloat by integrating cheap labor from eastern europe.

Also the EU are the ones who tried bypassing voters to force a new constitution packaged as a treaty but Ireland stopped that nonsense. Maybe Europe should focus on things first like your governments' attempts to steamroll a loss of sovereign powers past your citizens.

Posted by: Cryos | October 28, 2008 1:46 PM

I respect what other people think but honestly I don't really care what the rest of the world thinks about the US president. Worry about your own countries how they lower themselves to the common denominator, promote mediocrity and as a result most are in poverty.

Sorry but success not failure should be a measure of a society. America has given more to the world in technology, assistance and innovation then any country in documented history. When other countries are able to advance techonology anywhere to the same degree then lecture us on our government.

Posted by: Cryos | October 28, 2008 1:36 PM

Dear Saint,

A saint you're not otherwise you'd can the valley gal slang and the cheap insults. This is a serious election and throwing mud around doesn't scare or convince anyone.

Meantime the hatred that the McCainPalin campaign has fostered has already produced dangerous neo-nazi fantasies. Don't forget that a nazi shot Gov. Wallace and the U.S. has had enough assassinations over the years.

Chris Brown in Hamburg

Posted by: chrisbrown1 | October 28, 2008 1:29 PM

"This nation is on the verge of something historic - the possible election of a smart, capable black man as President of the United States."

Wow you may not realize it but your "smart, capable black man" statement shows your view of black people I guess. I guess I prefer to judge people on their merits not skin color but I guess that's "racist" not statements like yours.

Posted by: Cryos | October 28, 2008 1:29 PM

This nation is on the verge of something historic - the possible election of a smart, capable black man as President of the United States. It is fair to say the entire world is watching. It is also fair to say the vast majority is rooting for a Republican defeat. If you don’t believe me you clearly don’t read anything.

How did we get to this place and time? How did a freshman Senator inspire millions of voters to finance his unlikely campaign? Why is he leading in the polls? How did this happen?

Well, I’ll tell you how it happened for me.

I was one of those who had doubts about the Iraq war. I did not believe that Iraq was an imminent threat to the United States. Not that Saddam was a good guy ( he wasn’t) however there are lots of bad guys in the world who are not an imminent threat to us whom we don’t attack. We were already flying over his country everyday. There was a tight embargo. Unless he had nuclear weapons how big a threat could he be?

The Administration then lied to us about Saddam and his weaponry.. Further, it sent out a duped Colin Powell to convince us. Bush knew we would believe Colin. So the United States of America, beacon of liberty, attacked a third world country, destroyed its hapless military, made rubble of its infrastructure and occupied it.

Later the lies came out. There were no dangerous weapons. Just fudged intelligence.

The Dems swept into control of Congress in 2006. Bush’s veto could override a 51-49 majority in the Senate so the war went on. Notwithstanding every indication that the majority of Americans didn’t want this war to continue, it went on anyway with no end date. I watched the war go on. I watched as we tortured prisoners, suspended Habeas Corpus and shredded the Constitution. I watched as Bush politicized the Justice Department and placed incompetent political hacks in high office. Then the economy collapsed.

So here we are. Tens of millions of us have made this journey starting at different places for different reasons; a journey which began with a distaste and disgust with Bush to a point where we may take our country back. Tens of millions have worked hard, made whatever donations we could afford and are already voting in many states.

The whole world is rooting for us to succeed. The whole world needs an America they can look up to again.

MAKE SURE YOU VOTE!

:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 28, 2008 1:08 PM

OMG! :-O

What ASTOUNDING NEWS!

The World Labor Party is promoting George Soros' Stooge!


Now;


Who'd have ever thunk THAT! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 28, 2008 12:48 PM

The GOP is so desperate they are now even lieing about Michelle Obama. At a McCain RAlly Someone accused Michelle of having a DUI http://www.duihelpguide.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 28, 2008 12:15 PM

Leaning?

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 28, 2008 11:58 AM

According to a new poll it is Huckabee that is the front runner for the 2012 GOP recieving about half the vote., No surprise it is Obama on the dem side also reciving about half the vote For the Dems. You can participate in the Poll or see the results at http://www.skip08.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 28, 2008 11:44 AM

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