August 27th, 2012
09:39 AM ET

Does world want Romney or Obama?

By Bruce Stokes, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Bruce Stokes is the director of Global Economic Attitudes at the Pew Research Center. Full survey results are available here. The views expressed are his own.

At the Republican National Convention scheduled to take place this week and the Democratic National Convention beginning September 3, Americans will notionally be choosing their candidates for president of the United States. Effectively they will be deciding who will be the leader of the world for the next four years.

The world’s citizens get no say in this choice. Nevertheless, people outside the United States have definite opinions about Obama and some of the key issues in the campaign: about the state of the economy and what to do about it, climate change and how they think Washington should treat them.

Neither the GOP nor the Democratic nominee is likely to shape his electoral message to the American people to please foreigners. In fact, if he did, it would probably hurt his chances of winning.

But either challenger Mitt Romney or incumbent President Barack Obama is going to be the next U.S. president. And experience shows that the success or failure of his foreign policy may depend, in part, on how it is perceived abroad. So what people around the world think going into the final two months of the U.S. presidential campaign does matter, if not on November 6, then for the next four years.

Europeans have had a four-year love affair with Barack Obama: 87 percent of Germans, 86 percent of French and 80 percent of the British have confidence in Obama, according to a 2012 poll by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes project. In each case this is higher than public confidence in their own national leader. And 92 percent of the French, 89 percent of the Germans and 73 percent of the British want Obama reelected.

In the long run, if Romney wins, none of this may matter, as Europeans get to know him. But, in the short run, it could matter. A 2005 Pew Research Center survey found that in Britain, France, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands, strong majorities said the 2004 re-election of George W. Bush led them to have a less favorable opinion of the United States. A newly-elected Romney administration may have to contend with a similar European reaction if the popular Obama is defeated in what will come to a surprise to many of them.

But an Obama defeat may not play as poorly in the Middle East – in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia – where a median of only 29 percent approve of Obama and a median of just 25 percent want him reelected.

Elsewhere, foreign reaction to an Obama defeat could be mixed. In Asia, 74 percent of Japanese have a favorable view of the current U.S. president and 66 percent want him reelected. But Obama’s popularity is only 38 percent in China and only 31 percent there want him to get another term.

Similarly, in Latin America, while 68 percent of Brazilians like Obama and 72 percent want him reelected, only 42 percent of Mexicans are well disposed toward the current U.S. president and just 35 percent hope he has a second term.

Foreign expectations of the next American leader can, in part, be discerned from their current policy preferences and their judgment of the Obama foreign policy.

At a time of global economic turmoil, people outside the United States look to the U.S. president for strong economic leadership. Those who like Obama and want him reelected tend to approve of his handling of global economic problems. Those who dislike him disapprove. How they would feel about Romney’s custodianship of the U.S. economy, and by extension that of the global economy, is unknown.

Romney has charged that America has lost stature abroad during Obama’s presidency. And some foreign perceptions tend to bear out that observation. In 2008, across 14 countries surveyed by the Pew Center, a median of 44 percent named the United States as the world’s leading economic power, while just 22 percent chose China. Today, only 36 percent cite America, while 41 percent believe China is in the top position.

But the GOP candidate has also espoused fiscal austerity at home, while criticizing fiscal profligacy abroad. This runs counter to majorities in seven of the eight European nations the Pew Research Center surveyed this spring who oppose further belt tightening in their home countries. Notably, only in Poland did people support more austerity. Interestingly enough, it was Poland that Romney chose to visit in late July.

On foreign policy issues, foreigners have long complained about American unilateralism. They think Obama has acted unilaterally, much as they criticized his predecessor George W. Bush for such actions. That criticism has softened a bit in Europe and China during the Obama tenure, but it has worsened in parts of the Middle East. And it is largely unchanged in Japan.

It remains to be seen how foreigners will react to Romney’s promise of even stronger U.S. leadership abroad, in which Washington will no longer “lead from behind.”

On specific international issues, a median of 56 percent in 20 countries surveyed outside the United States in spring 2012 think Obama has not been fair in dealing with the Israelis and Palestinians. During the campaign, Romney has openly sided with the Israelis, a policy stance that is not likely to be perceived any better than Obama’s actions.

On climate change a median plurality of 48 percent believe Obama has not taken significant steps to deal with global warming. Romney says he doesn’t know the extent to which climate change is even occurring or whether it is caused by human activity, a view that is not likely to lead to the additional “significant measures” seemingly desired by global publics.

Over the next two weeks at their national political conventions Republicans and Democrats will hone their electoral messages aimed at domestic voters in the November presidential election. That is to be expected. But they need to keep in mind that the policy positions they stake out in the heat of an election campaign resonate abroad. And, whoever is the next U.S. president, the success or failure of his foreign policy will, in part, depend on what foreigners think.

Post by:
Topics: Barack Obama • China • Elections • France • Japan • Mitt Romney • United States

soundoff (448 Responses)
  1. GOP Word Association

    WORD = GOP Association
    Old People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Sick People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Poor People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Female People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Non-white People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Non-christian People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Unemployed People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Gay People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Glob of cells in a womb = Something we PRETEND to care about just to get votes.

    August 27, 2012 at 9:48 am | Reply
    • jake

      and you think democrats really care about all of the above?

      then your'e very naive my friend....

      both parties think the same just leverage different isssues against each other to get voted into office...

      August 27, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Reply
      • Robert Marston

        If you feel that way, then by all means please don't vote. The rest of us, however, believe in the democratic process and it's ability to affect change. And, in my view, not believing in democracy is rather unpatriotic. If you really want to try a place where elections don't matter move to Somalia or Russia. They might suit your mindset.

        August 27, 2012 at 11:40 pm |
      • sugapea

        Absolutely...Democrats care more than ever about 'people'.
        Go to any of our websites...all that we talked about is helping all the American People stronger and more able to keep afloat during these difficult times!
        Dems are the least selfish...would never say: I've got mine, so screw you!
        Obviously, Republican believe that everyone thinks the same as them.

        Turn off FOX& RADIO FRIENDS and join reality....
        Where real American's cherish Empathy and Consideration for our fellowman!

        August 28, 2012 at 7:46 am |
      • Hertz Doughnut

        Truth hurts don't it.

        August 28, 2012 at 10:45 am |
      • EH

        The Democrats and Republicans care about money and power! The sheeple who vote for them are the least of their concerns.

        August 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
      • michael J

        Jake you suck very bad with your Ignorant out look!

        August 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
      • billybart

        Jake is partially right at least. If you are naive enough to believe that democrats care about people and republicans don't then you are a fool.

        If you look at both parties they behave in a way that I would not tolerate of my friends and family. Why should I trust either one?

        Who to blame? Not our politicians....it's your neighbors and their friends. THe country has become so polarized it is now common to say things like:

        Rpublicans don't care about people, democrats do!
        Obama wasn't born in this country!
        Coservatives are selfish and greedy!
        Libtards are stupid and just don't get it!
        Keynsian economics are the ONLY way to help the economy!
        Obama is buying votes!

        How do we expect our politicians to behave if we each only see one possible solution?

        August 28, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
      • Julian

        Its time for us to let the robots run the world. . . . . they don't care about but at least they follow rules and do what they are programmed to do

        August 28, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
      • Incrediboy

        Sorry, Jake.....but Democrats do care about the people. It's who we are....and don't pretend to be.

        August 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
      • Chris G.

        Yes, actually, we do. Surprising huh?

        August 28, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
      • ensense

        sugapee if you want to give all your money to the govt to help other people please step ahead of the line and take my share too. If i want to help other's i will do it my self. why would i want the Govt to help on my behalf and pretend they are helping. I am happy to pay my share of the govt taxes for defence and adminstration. but if it is to spread the wealth around keep me out of it. I will spread it to whom ever i deem fit.

        August 28, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
      • Ron jeremy

        We should dig up george washington and clone him and make him be president. He wasnt a democrat or reoublican. Just an american badass. Or we should elect mel gibson but he has to agree to be his character benjamin martin from 'The Patriot' for his entire presidency. And stone cold steve austin or kid rock as his vice pres. Anyone got a better idea?? #AMERICA

        August 28, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
      • melissa

        Yes, we do.

        August 29, 2012 at 12:29 am |
      • memo2

        We want Romney for president,if he doesn't work as he said also Mr Romney will be at the same pat of Obama out of the white house.

        August 29, 2012 at 8:03 am |
      • philliesphan1975

        jeez...another left wing extremist claiming both parties are the same, voting doesn't matter, this is the worst country in the world...etc. It seems to me like most of them just complain just to complain and do nothing at all to change it. Up to and including voting. If you REALLY want to experience tyranny, I would suggest spending a year in North Korea or Saudi Arabia. You'll LOVE this country after you get arrested in that year and have to spend an 50 years for daring to say anything against the benevolent regime.

        August 29, 2012 at 9:26 am |
      • Buzz Mann

        Recently broke my arm in 2 places and went to hospital for surgery,had no insurance and had to pay 4500 dollars at hospital before surgery was done.Was told that was with a 35% discount on bill for not using insurance.Wonder why it would cost more if I had insurance and could this maybe be why insurance costs are beyond a lot of working class peoples budgets.Hmmm

        August 29, 2012 at 9:38 am |
      • @youignantdotcom

        "you feel that way, then by all means please don't vote. The rest of us, however, believe in the democratic process and it's ability to affect change."

        LOL keep believing that drivel. I will continue not to vote until the voting process is changed.

        August 29, 2012 at 9:48 am |
      • lkfihdg

        Jake, the use of logic to anyone that supports either party is not going to work. Hoodwinked, bamboozled, jimmejacked???

        Whatever you want to call it. Its Corporate America from the POTUS to the House, Left, right, Up and Down...

        August 29, 2012 at 9:56 am |
      • clipper0107

        Both parties have people that care ... I just read a study that showed red states are more generous )http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/79888.html) which goes against the idea that only democrats care.

        August 29, 2012 at 11:09 am |
      • Oakspar

        Republicans are the party of the rich, democrates are the party of the poor.

        Therefore, the republicans want to make as many people as possible rich, by supporting buisnesses that employ the middle class and bring wealth to the rich. They want you to have a job and be successuful, because if you do, you are more likely to keep them in power.

        The democrates want as many people as possible to be poor, because they are rich and want to stay in power, and the fewer people who work, are successful, and make money, the more people there will be living on the government's generosity and voting to keep them in power.

        So, which millionare will you vote for this year? The one who would love to make you a millionare as well so that you support his regieme, or the millionare who wants to keep you as poor as possible so that you continue to support his regieme?

        It isn't about who loves the poor or who loves the rich, but who would love to help you be rich or who would love for you to be poor.

        If they were dentists, the republicans would be handing out toothbrushes while the democrates handed out candy. One makes you better – even if it is less fun, while one makes you happy for the moment, but a long term paitent in the long run.

        So, if you are poor and happy or super rich and want power over the masses enslaved to your largesse – then be a democrate.

        If you are rich and proud of your success, or middle class and hoping someday to be rich and successful – or at least finnancially secure, then be a republican.

        August 29, 2012 at 11:49 am |
      • LucyRicardo

        The Democrats are the party of the poor because if you're not poor, they'll make sure you are when they get done!

        August 29, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
      • anonym

        you are right, democrats don't care, not about the average american, in this 4 years i have lost everything at age 58. No one will hire me, my age, yes, i am educated. I can not get any assistance or medical care, or food stamps because my child gets a few dollars for support. The democratic party wants to see everyone in total poverty.i wont be voting for this president.

        August 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
      • HonestyCounts

        Robert – Excellent post. It's good to see someone with intelligence on here! Thank you.

        August 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
      • Patricia

        VOTE Romney/Ryan in November!

        August 29, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
      • bartman

        sugapea, you mean poverty and welfare

        August 29, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
      • American

        Last I knew citizens of European countries could not vote in US elections. Oh wait, sure they can because we have no voter ID rules that the Dems so fiercely oppose.

        August 30, 2012 at 8:39 am |
      • nabt

        actually yes they do

        August 30, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
      • dlmziggy

        If Democrats care more about poor people then how come Republicans donate way more money to charity than Democrats. Its only a fact based on all polls conducted.Also, keeping poor people down by giving them the minimum basics they need to live is not caring about someone!

        August 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
      • Dean

        Democrats don't care about people, they want the government to take care of everyone............Think it's called being in conrol of everyone.

        August 30, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
      • James Black

        At least Demoracts pretend to care about the average person and minorities.

        August 30, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
      • James

        The differences between Democrats & Republicans exist because they have been well orchestrated. The "owned" media has convinced us that these differences are relevant. The people that hire our candidates are the people that matter. Their goal is to fleece the world & enrich themselves. Pick whichever poison you must be know in the end both parties work for those behind the curtains.

        August 31, 2012 at 6:26 am |
      • babs

        R Money wants America to trust him with the nuclear missile launch codes, but R Money does not trust America to see his tax returns.

        August 31, 2012 at 9:20 am |
    • Lewis

      So what does that make the Democratic Party? You know, the one that passed the President's Universal Health Care Law? The same law that prioritizes people based on how sick they may be? Globs of cells that they pretend to care about.

      August 28, 2012 at 9:49 am | Reply
      • k8br

        Come on!! The health care law that was passed is an exact copy of what Romeny did in Massachusetts. I would like to know why Romney is now distancing himself from it. He says it was good for Mass., but it isn't a national solution. I would like to know why not?

        August 28, 2012 at 10:40 am |
      • Universal Health Care Is Good

        Idiot.

        August 28, 2012 at 10:46 am |
      • Chris

        Learning a little about these programs – and not just regurgitating what Sean Hannity has told you – might help your responses reflect reality a bit more closely.

        August 28, 2012 at 10:51 am |
      • Canada

        My Country has universal health-care. it's amazing, privatizing it would be just like paying car insurance. you get scammed. I think your insurance companies are already scamming you guys. You hardly even know your paying for it, it just comes out of taxes. But, I can see where republicans dont like it. You need a Real Government to run it for it to be effective. Your government is lacking, mainly because of the republicans trying to stonewall everything. and your elections and the fight for power is ridiculous. YOu guys have been covering election stuff for over a year now, and your elections arnt untill november?! the time passed should've been spent on the economy, not bickering and power struggle.

        August 28, 2012 at 11:18 am |
      • Boo

        It's apparent by your ignorant comment that you have no clue what is in the healthcare plan..

        August 28, 2012 at 11:38 am |
      • michael J

        Private companies Suck very bad, they always trying to get over on people period!!! Privatizing Health care ? Are you Stupid or just plain out crazy fool !!!??? Trust me you don't want it!!!

        August 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
      • bczu

        Your health is not a commodity!! You brainwashed id iots!! I'm sure Big Business thinks about your health more than their profits......NOT!!!

        August 28, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
      • bczu

        Michael, your comment makes no sense!!!! Private companies don't care about you, thats why health care should be regulated by the Government. You had it half right you half twit!

        August 28, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
      • bczu

        damn....read first B....

        August 28, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
      • slick

        What is good for people in one state may not be good for people in another. I am in favor of health care for all, but there has got to be a better way. Forcing people to buy health care...what next?!?

        August 28, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
      • Stint

        You people are lost. Canada!!! "privatizing it " Our health care system is still privatized . The hospitals still charge what they want, we just changed who pays for it. You pay regardless. Our Doctors and hospitals are still privatized my friend.
        I for one have no use for political parties, Robert Marston: Really if someone doesnt support the two chosen parties they need to move from the U.S. Wow we have moved in the wrong direction in this courntry, my friend!

        August 28, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
      • DeTamble

        The same law that prioritizes people based on how sick they may be?

        Wrong.
        And if you had at least read the bill you would know that.
        People like you only listen to talking points.

        August 28, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
      • Bazoing

        The GOP is dreadful, but the Democrats are very similar. As to screening how sick people are, hypochondriacs, and Vicodin addicts are helping bleed the system to death. The Democrats are setting up a big win for the Insurance companies and other cronies.

        August 28, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
      • John

        Lewis summarizes, but he's basically right. There is more demand for health services than there is supply. That means that some will get it, and some won't. There are only a few ways to decide who gets those services. One is money- the price rises until the amount that can afford it equals the amount of service available. One is time- if you lock in artifically low prices, then people wait in line. It was true in the 1970's when gas prices in the US were fixed, and it's true in socialized medicine systems where people wait months or years for treatment. Personally, I'd rather have the first one, because I can work harder and make more money... but I can't make cancer wait longer if I'm standing in line waiting my turn for surgery or chemo. Caring about people would mean trying to increase the amount of services available- but Obamacare has led mroe doctors than ever to decide to stop practicing, or reduce their services. It sounds great in a soundbite, but it actually hurts, rather than helps.

        August 29, 2012 at 8:53 am |
      • Rose

        I WISH universal health care was passed in our country!! You need to get informed , you must be watching FOX propeganda. We do not have universal health care in this country. The politicians would not allow it because it would be a hit to the insurance companies. We simply have a few more protections from being royally screwed by insurance companies along with expanded coverage for low income and the formation of insurance pools to hold down cost and a host of other things. However since the Supreme court ruled that states don't have to participate in the pools or the medicaid expansion if you live in a republican state you won't reap all the benefits because your govenor will be pouting and withholding those services from you to prove a point.... the point? Uh I will let you fill in the blank. I don't cuss on forums or blogs.

        August 29, 2012 at 11:41 am |
      • oh dear

        yeah slick, there is a better way. Its called a single payer system, but unfortunately thats too "commy-like" to get passed. Stigma about goverment run anything. So unfortuantely we have to settle for second best, which does involve making health insurance mandatory.. or there is no possible way to cover pre-exsiting conditions or lower rates.

        August 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
      • JP

        @John: Do you really think you can save up the hundreds of thousands of dollars cancer treatment costs? And do you think you can get the second job while suffering from cancer?

        Why shouldn't treatment be prioritized by how sick you are? Seems like a more humane way than prioritizing by how rich you are. And the supply of doctors has been limited by medical school admission policies and cost. It would be a simple matter to train more doctors, and if demand goes up enough, that will happen. Any lack of supply in this case is artificial.

        August 29, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
      • agincourt98

        Stint – obviously you either aren't Canadian or have no idea how our HC system works. The doctors and hospitals charge off of a rate sheet. They cant' charge whatever they like – that is absurd.

        August 29, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
      • bartman

        whoever said the Romney bill was good ?

        August 29, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
      • TinMT

        Healthcare should not be a commodity traded on Wall Street. The chemo drug that I have to inject WEEKLY costs me $1000.00/week even with insurance. I can't afford it so am no longer taking it. I have to spend my salary on other stupid stuff like my mortgage, other medication, food, gas to get to work... The same drug, if purchased in Canada, would cost me approximately 25% of what it sells for here. That is just one example of how the free market 'regulates' itself. LIFE, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness...

        August 30, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
      • dlmziggy

        responding to CANADA, Well how do you figure that when Canadiens need a major (expensive) operation or procedure they run the the USA real quick to get it. Otherwise they might die before they are apporved by the gov't to get the procedure. I know Canadien citizens that have had to come here to take care of their health!

        August 30, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
      • Dean

        A recent "Investor's Business Daily" article provided very
        interesting statistics from a survey by the United Nations International
        Health Organization.

        Percentage of men and women who survived a cancer five years
        after diagnosis:

        U.S. 65%

        England 46%

        Canada 42%

        Percentage of patients diagnosed with diabetes who received
        treatment within six months:

        U.S. 93%

        England 15%

        Canada 43%

        Percentage of seniors needing hip replacement who received it
        within six months:

        U.S. 90%

        England 15%

        Canada 43%

        Percentage referred to a medical specialist who see one within
        one month:

        U.S. 77%

        England 40%

        Canada 43%

        Number of MRI scanners (a prime diagnostic tool) per million
        people:

        U.S. 71

        England 14

        Canada 18

        Percentage of seniors (65+), with low income, who say they are
        in "excellent health":

        U.S. 12%

        England 2%

        Canada 6%

        And now for the last statistic:

        National Health Insurance?

        U.S. NO

        England YES

        Canada YES

        August 30, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
      • Mostly

        Actually, the elderly in this country are covered by socialized medicine. It's called Medicare. You've made an excellent case for it.

        September 4, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
      • alpg49

        Good morning!
        Turn off Fox.
        Have a nice day.

        September 18, 2012 at 8:39 am |
    • take it easy

      Republicans favor businesses. It has been this way for a long time. Democrats favor government. It has been this way for a long time. Both are being invaded by Progressives who favor absolute power. Most notable self-proclaimed progressives? George Bush, John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama. Progressives hate the free market. If they don't want a FREE Market, what do they want? If by definition, the market is the people – what happens to the people if there is no FREE Market? Romney is not the best candidate, but with him, we can buy time while we build up a better one next time. With Obama who has directly spoken out against the free market and hammered it economically in the last four years, we may be on a road we may not recover from. You will know a Progressive when they are serious and say "you'll have to wait until we pass the bill before you can see what is in it." – Nancy Pelosi.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Reply
      • LL Cool Jim

        Exactly when did President Obama not favor private enterprise? You referring to the speech he made, "you didn't built that"? If you are then you are sadly mistaken and took it out of context, my friend.

        August 28, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
      • TheTruth

        Jim, look up Cloward and Piven, Obama's mentors. They're VERY proud of him and the work he's been doing....

        August 28, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
      • ensense

        Nice try LL he ment it exactly that way. it is just that he got caught on the wrong foot and you guys are backpeddling for him. Just go and see obama's preelection debates, he sounds like a republican. but once he got elected only commie stuff is comming out of him.

        August 28, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
      • DeTamble

        Republicans favor businesses.

        Over the lives of the every day American.

        August 28, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
      • january2454

        Exactly when DID Obama do anything but detest private enterprise?

        Never.

        The man wants every man, woman and child to be dependent on the federal government for every single need - from cradle to grave. And that's exactly what Obama's followers want as well - to sit on their fat rears and accept EVERYTHING from the government.

        August 28, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
      • patiat

        Democrats are just as into money and business as Republicans.

        August 28, 2012 at 11:40 pm |
      • Rose

        when capitalism is unharnessed and unchecked and everything is driven by the most production for the least money.. and is unchecked it breeds the destruction that captilism has come to. Really? Think about it, you can only increase profits and productivity for so long then it burns out. We are at the burn out point. Republicans want unchecked unmonitored run free capitalism and at this point that means poor ppl go die, soon to be poor work 2 jobs for $2 an hour. The Republican party cares only about $ and nothing about ppl who are not elite and in their club. NOt saying democrats are much better at this point but at least they still seem to stand on some moral value. If we elect a war hungry candidate who doesn't in practice invest in his own country or create jobs in his own country then aren't we voting for exactly what has gotten us to this dire situation for the average working person?

        August 29, 2012 at 11:46 am |
      • bartman

        They want Fuedalism

        August 29, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
      • Mostly

        Thank you Mr. Beck.

        Every time that nonsense gets repeated, Adam Smith rolls over in his grave.

        September 4, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • take it easy

      By the way – on that Word Association – that is spot on for Progressives like Bush and Obama. Anyone who wants government control like they do is using anyone and everyone to get their power. I don't think voters – the majority of Republican and Democratic voters agree with Obama. I think most of those who vote for Obama want to deny that what he says is what he means. And then when he makes promises that are impossible to keep because of what it will cost, his voters believe he will overcome the impossibility in the numbers. If you understand what he is doing, you aren't voting for Obama unless you think you get a seat at the elite table.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Reply
      • Rose

        Well yes, I vote for Obama because better him than the other choice. That is what our elections have come to. No real choices. Having researched an listened to many progressives who point out the wrongs with our country I have to say that they agree on one thing, they don't like everything Obama is doing but it is important to any hope for our future that he is president given the choice presented.

        August 29, 2012 at 11:49 am |
      • Mostly

        There is no way you're putting Bush on my team. btw, saying things on the internet doesn't make them true. Ask Bush if he considers himself a Progressive. You will get an unambiguous no. Ask people who like him if he's a progressive. Same answer. Ask people who call themselves Progressives if Bush is a Progressive. Same answer.

        This sounds like Glenn Beck's view of the world, which seems to be constructed from word association.

        September 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • George Edward

      Author possesses total absolute ignorance or is a Democrat partisan.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Reply
      • Hertz Doughnut

        Check the republican voting records. The truth hurts don't it.

        August 28, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
      • peridot2

        It was an independent poll. Denial is more than a river in Egypt.

        August 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • karek40

      You will never hear the GOP talk about a glob of cells, thats the democrats when they abort and kill an unborn baby. Nice rhetoric wrong party, wake up and smell the coffee.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
      • Hertz Doughnut

        The truth hurts don't it.

        August 28, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
      • irunner

        The pro-life rant is pretty hypocritical, when republicans would never hesitate to use the death penalty or send thousands of servicemen and women (none of whom are rich) to their deaths on the other side of the world to "protect American interests".

        August 28, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
      • ensense

        Irunner Nice try equating a innocent unborn child to a convicted tried and sentenced felon on death penaly. I also did not know that serving your country is like being sentenced to death, but comming from the liberal leftie like you it does not make much difference. you guys will live in america but hate america and alll its policies good or bad.

        August 28, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
      • Rose

        Democrats don't abort babies. How silly. Individuals make that decision and whether you agree with abortion or not it is right a woman has over her own body to make that decision. I don't agree with abortion, but I do agree that no man has the right to rule a woman's body or health. Republicans like to talk about civil liberties yet that is just another they would like to take away. And how unbalanced ? How do you reject ones right to have an abortion but then be anxious to hand down the death penalty? Isn't it all a bit contridictary on both sides. However one is directly held in womans body and her health while the other does not impose on the rights of common citizens unless they are wrongly convicted and executed which has happened many times.

        August 29, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • Joe Fataboom

      that is the most idiotic thing I've ever read!

      August 28, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Reply
      • Tom

        Joe you are ignorant about service men and women. I retired after a 27 year career with the military and I can tell you the men and women in uniform come from all classes of society and most are very conservative which is why we chose to put our lives on the line for those who either cannot defend their freedoms and liberties or are two lazy and useless to defend their freedoms and liberties. I gave up certain rights for most of my life to for a lot of filth in America so they could enjoy the best this country had to offer, unfortunatly, in less than 4 years this country has lost a lot of what it had to offer and another Obama term will see me leave this country, not just threaten to like the Hollywood talking heads.

        August 28, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • Joe Fataboom

      Idiot!

      August 28, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Reply
    • TheTruth

      Wrong party – that's the line the Democrats have used since the sixties, not the Republicans.

      August 28, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Reply
    • aspblopm

      Amazing example of hate-speech!

      August 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Reply
    • january2454

      By all means, let's DO ask Greeks who they prefer as U.S. president.

      Let's ask France. And Italy. And Spain.

      All those countries (and their socialist friends) that are in such terrible economic shape.

      Because they're obviously so very, very WISE.

      Not having learned their lesson about socialism from the fact that they're on the brink of bankruptcy, I'm certain they'd prefer Obama.

      August 28, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Reply
      • King

        Yeah......like it was OBAMA's fualt that the banking industry or the housing or automitive industry failed. Amazing that the moment he got elected EVERYTHIGNjust collapsed. Stop drinking that crap Fox dishes out. Makes anyone sound like a moron. since Obama has been president, auto industry is booming, homes are selling again (and not due to foreclosure/short sales) and banks are now find themsleves more accountable. The only thing the other party did was watch a lot of jobs go overseas and fat cats cash in on homes that no one could afford after they got their rediculous loans approved. The Eurozone is finally collapsing because they were trying to mimick the failing policies of former administrations prior to Obama.

        August 30, 2012 at 10:55 am |
      • Mostly

        Actually the countries you just named are currently run by right-wing economics, which is performing terribly for them. Except for France – France I don't think has double dipped.

        Don't just take my word for it, research it yourself. Look up the austerity debate in Europe, and maybe the Austrian school of economics.

        September 4, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • Darrell

      How hateful

      August 28, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Reply
    • january2454

      Hmmm.

      I was attempting to respond to the premise of the article . . . which apparently is that Americans should give a rat's what the world thinks about our presidential election.

      Why don't we poll the Greeks? Or how about Spain and Portugal and France . . . as well as all of the other countries around the globe who are teetering on the brink of b ankruptcy because of their devotion to the same s ocialist worldview that Obama is the chief exemplar of.

      August 28, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Reply
      • King

        Yeah......like it was OBAMA's fualt that the banking industry or the housing or automitive industry failed. Amazing that the moment he got elected EVERYTHIGNjust collapsed. Stop drinking that crap Fox dishes out. Makes anyone sound like a moron. since Obama has been president, auto industry is booming, homes are selling again (and not due to foreclosure/short sales) and banks are now find themsleves more accountable. The only thing the other party did was watch a lot of jobs go overseas and fat cats cash in on homes that no one could afford after they got their rediculous loans approved. The Eurozone is finally collapsing because they were trying to mimick the failing policies of former administrations prior to Obama.

        But.....I will agree that I do not give a damn about what another country thinks about our politics. Not like they get a vote either way.

        August 30, 2012 at 10:56 am |
      • Mostly

        The info is there if you're curious. I found it not at all surprising that most people in China want Romney elected.

        Anyway, I already said this, but the countries you just named are currently run by right-wing economics, which is performing terribly for them. There's no special economic law in Europe which makes it possible for supply-side economics, which have been a disaster every time they've been tried in the US, to work in Europe.

        September 4, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • Jo jones

      Who can believe a word from the plagiarizer. No credibility anymore

      August 28, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Reply
      • vistarian2011

        one swallow doesnt make a summer. Are you perfect, never make mistakes in your life?

        August 29, 2012 at 4:33 am |
    • Mike

      Typical Communist, oh wait they still try to make people think they're Democrats, poorly thought out reasoning. Something that asinine could only come from the mind of a liberal.

      August 29, 2012 at 1:38 am | Reply
      • Can't

        The GOP voting record doesn't lie!!!

        August 29, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • Zodnick

      That's total nonsense. You've been listening to too much propaganda my friend.

      August 29, 2012 at 7:23 am | Reply
    • memo2

      Not every single person think,like you, that is the truth.

      August 29, 2012 at 8:05 am | Reply
    • CJ

      Sugapea is probably on goverment assistance the rest of the working class (Dems AND Repubs) are paying for. They care about people? About paying taxes so the sponges of society can "stay afloat during these difficult times"?! GET A JOB!

      August 29, 2012 at 10:54 am | Reply
    • Jasie

      They probably want obama because he is giving them the upper hand on our dollar and outsourcing our jobs.

      August 29, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply
    • Havildar

      Right on the last we care is only as long as the Gob of cells stay in the Womb. The moment it is born the GOP does not care and would prefer it was Dead. GOP is great at lying but poor at delivering services, Jobs and Healthcare.

      August 29, 2012 at 11:38 am | Reply
    • Analystgirl

      Laughing so hard I can barely wipe the coffee off my monitor and shake it out of my keyboard! Thanks for the A+ posting!

      August 29, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
    • bam

      the christian taliban mantra of the gop

      August 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply
    • Guest

      I do not care what the world thinks about our President. I say give Romney a chance. He could not mess it up any more than O'boma has done.

      August 29, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Reply
      • Linda

        Excuse Me! I live in Massachusetts and Romney made a mess of it!

        August 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • TOMG

      KARMA DOG PEOPLE ALSO

      August 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Reply
    • TOMG

      AND SO DOES THE HUMAN WASTE AND THE HUMAN URINE THAT ALL YOU CAN ONLY SWALLOW FROM THE HUMAN WASTE AND ALL YOU CAN DRINKING THE HUMAN URINE .

      August 29, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Reply
    • TOMG

      DOG NEVER HAVE THE CHANCES OF AWAKENING AND JUST KNOW HOW TO KILL AND KILL AND KILL BESIDE ELSE ARE JUST SAWING THE UP COMING FULL BLASTES OF TRAGIC HELL KARMA OF WHAT GO AROUND AND MUST GOING BACK AROUND TO ONE OWNSELF ANAL AND HUMAN WASTE AND HUMAN URINE THAT ALL IT TOOK FOR THE DOG MIND AND EVIL MIND AND THE DEVIL MIND TO ENJOY IN HELL PLACES .

      August 29, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Reply
    • TOMG

      PRESIDENT OBAMA IS AN GENIUS MAN ALWAYS , BECAUSE I AM BLACK ALSO .

      August 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • TOMG

      FROM STOPING EATTING AND CONSUMING TOO MUCH OF ALL KINDS OF ANIMAL MEAT FROM THE FIRST PLACE THAN OUR HUMAN FORM MIND WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO STOP BEING THINKING LIKE AN ANIMAL WAY OF HELL LIFESTYLE AND STOP ACTING LIKE AN ANIMAL WAY OF HELL ACTION WITH NONE OF THE COMPPASSION COMPASSION COMPASSION AT ALL TO ALL FRICKEN RACE BLACK RED WHITE YELLOW GREEN YEAH GREEN BROWN LIGHTNING AND HURRICANE AND POWERFUL EARTHQUAKE THAT IS AND ARE COMING SOON 15.O AND HIGHER EARTHQUAKE .

      August 29, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
    • TOMG

      WAR WORLD THREE WILL BECOMING IF THE NEW PRESIDENT IS ELECTED , OBAMA IS A GENIUS PRESIDENT ALWAYS .

      August 29, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Reply
    • TOMG

      BLAME ON THE BILLIONAIR AND BIG COMPANY THAT SHIPPING OVER SEA TO THE LAND OD CHINA AND INDIA TO MAKING MORE PROFIT AND MORE MONEY , IS NOT PRSIDENT OBAMA FALSE . IS THE RICH GET RICHER FALSE .

      August 29, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
    • TOMG

      HELL WILL PREVEIL ALWAYS IN THIS NOW DAILY ANIMAL WAY OF THINKING IN THE DAILY BASIC .

      August 29, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply
    • TOMG

      RUSSIA WILL BE THE WORLD NUMBER ONE IN THE NEXT TEN YEAR .

      August 29, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
    • TOMG

      CHINA WILL BE NUMBER TEN IN THE NEXT TEN YEAR .

      August 29, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
    • TOMG

      VIETNAM WILL BE NUMBER TWO IN THE NEXT TEN YEAR

      August 29, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
    • TOMG

      INDIA WILL BE THE WORLD NUMBER THREE IN THE NEXT TEN YEAR .

      August 29, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Reply
    • TOMG

      HONG KONG WILL BE NUMBER FIVE IN THE NEXT TEN YEAR .

      August 29, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Reply
    • TOMG

      BY INHALING ALL THE FRESH AIR INTAKE FROM THE BREATHING IN , EXHALING ALL THE DIRTY TOXIC AIR FROM THE BREATHING OUT , THAN ONESELF CAN ALWAYS WILL BE THE NUMBER ONE IN ONESELF DAILY BASIC OF HEAVENLY LIFESTYLE FROM ONESELF THINKING , THOUGHT OF .

      August 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Reply
    • TOMG

      I LOVE JESUS . MOTHER MARIA AND THE FIRST BUDDHA AND THE ONLY HAPPY BUDDHA

      August 29, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Reply
    • TOMG

      LIFE WAHT A BAEUTIFUL CHOICES WHEN ONESELF GETTING OLDER AND HAVE THE CHANCES OF KNOWLEDGE ON HOW TO GET LAY AND GET F .

      August 29, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
    • TOMG

      LIFE AND DEAD ARE FROM ALL THE KARMA THAT ARE CAUSE AND AFFECT FROM MANY LIFE TIME THAT ALREADY BORN AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN FULL OF KARMA LIFE FORM .

      August 29, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
    • TOMG

      THERE WILL BE A FOUR STAGES FOR THE HUMAN FORM TO ENJOY AND SUFFERING FROM THE YOUNG AGE TO THE OLD AGE AND THAN WILL BE GETTING SICKNESS FROM THE OLD AGE TIMING AND THAN PASS AWAY , TELL ME WHICH DOG CAN BE GETTING AWAY WITH IT PROCESS .

      August 29, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Reply
    • TOMG

      MONKEY STYLE IS NOT BAD AND SO DOES THE DOGGY STYLE AND THE FISH STYLE AND THE CHICKEN STYLE .

      August 29, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Reply
    • TOMG

      REMEMBERING THAT OUR SUN POWERFUL SOLAR POWER AND SO DOES OUR MOON POWERFUL LUNAR POWER ARE THE ONLY REAL LIVING GOD .

      August 29, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Reply
    • TOMG

      OUR ONLY PARENT FATHER AND MOTHER IS OUR ONLY REAL LIVING DAILY GOD .

      August 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Reply
    • TOMG

      EVERYBODY OR EVERYONE CAN BECOME LIKE GOD BY ACTING LIKE GOD AND THINKING LIKE GOD AND THAT ARE ALL IT REALLY NEEDED TO ONE OF THOSE DAY EVERYONE CAN BECOME LIKE GOD .

      August 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Reply
    • TOMG

      EVERYBODY GOT THE MOTHER OF ALL BOMB NOW DAILY , THAT WHY EVERYBODY WILL GO TO HELL , IT TOOK ONE PERSON MISTAKE TO DO SO INORDER TO GET THE FULL AFFECT OF THE COUNTRY .

      August 29, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Reply
    • TOMG

      HELL AND HEAVENLY PLACES ARE REALLY NO WHERE TOBE FOUND , BUT IT ONLY LOCATING RIGHT IN FRONT OF ALL CREATURE EYES AND FACES THAT ALL .

      August 29, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Reply
    • TOMG

      WHEN ONE THINKING AND THOUGHT OF HELL THAN THEY WILL BE SAWING HELL . BUT WHEN ONE THINKING AND THOUGHT OF HEAVENLY THAN THEY WILL BE SAWING HEAVENLY PLACES ARE AWAITING TO THEM IN ANY GIVEN DAYS AND TIMES . MIND OVER ALL HELL MATTER .

      August 29, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Reply
    • TOMG

      DOG AND WILD CAT WILL ALWAYS BE REGENERATING , AMEN .

      August 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Reply
    • TOMG

      WHY NOT EATTING THE WASTE FROM THE HUMAN THAT PRODUCE IN THE DAILY BASIC AND THAN CONSTANTLY DRINKING THE HUMAN URINE . AMEN .

      August 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Reply
    • TOMG

      DOG WORLD WILL ALWAYS BE DOG WORLD NEVER WILL BE ENDING AND SO DOES THE HUMAN WASTE WILL ALWAYS BE REPRODUCE EITHER FROM THE MORNING TIME OR IN THE AFTERNOON TIME OR IN THE EVENING TIME ALWAYS .AMEN.

      August 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
    • sparks2000

      r marston--do you really think you and your opinions are the only patriotic views out there?how arrogant.Fortunately,you are not the one who decides what is patriotic or not.The current system is broken,and is failing rapidly.It is naive to believe otherwise.If you don't like the fact that others disagree with you according to freedom of speech,then perhaps you would prefer a communist nation to live in?Go for it.

      August 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Reply
    • Adam4321

      Republicans care for unborn children that is why they oppose abortions that kills more than a million each year, only democrats categorize unborn children as none humans, glob of cells and other subhuman definitions I guess a fully formed child in the womb is easier to kill if you define it as a glob of cells, it is much easier on the conscience.

      August 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Reply
    • Steve1959

      DNC word association.

      Old People – Scare them into voting for us.
      Sick People – Scare them into voting for us.
      Poor People – Scare them into voting for us.
      Female People – Scare them into voting for us.
      Non-White People – Scare them into voting for us.
      Non-Christian People – Scare them into voting for us.
      Unemployed People – Scare them into voting for us.
      Gay People – Scare them into voting for us.
      Unborn People – We don't care because they don't vote.

      August 29, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Reply
      • King

        And todays Idiot of the Week award goes to.....

        Seriously, if any party has a claim to scare tactics, it goes whole heartedly hands down to the GOP/RNC.
        "Obama wasn't born here!"
        "Obama is a communist!"
        "Obama is going to turn your kids gay!"
        "Obama wants to turn Catholics Muslim!"
        (that last one was more of a joke on my part)
        Since 2008, the republican party has done nothing but run a smear campaign and has stalled democracy at every turn in the hopes of scaring Americans into voting for their failure of a candidate that, on any other election year, wouldn't have a prayer of winning. (Remember when he ran against McCain?) It isn't like he hasn't been saying the same crap since 2007/08 when he tried the first time to get the Republican nom.

        August 30, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • David in Tampa

      Nice well done!

      August 29, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Reply
    • TIESHA

      MAN U MEAN, AND GOT 2 MUCH TIME ON UR HANDS MAN.

      August 29, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Reply
      • TIESHA

        SORRY, MY MISTAKE. I THOT U WERE THE OTHER WORD ASSOCIATION GUY. WITH U I AGREE.

        August 29, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • TIESHA

      TESTING...

      August 29, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Reply
    • ann

      to Soundoff:
      You do not have the courage to provide a REAL NAME. I am a non-white, non-christian female who belongs to the GOP. It would be wise to think before making the GOP word association. Something my father taught me comes to mind" where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise".

      August 30, 2012 at 7:42 am | Reply
    • zestio

      I want to clear up a mistake from yesterday, for the sake of accuracy–it was in defense of Israel from another blog– I stated olive tree when I should have said "fig tree" as for whom the world wants–at this point it is moot–Hopefully everything falls into place so that it is who God wants, that is what the world NEEDS!

      August 30, 2012 at 11:14 am | Reply
    • clyde

      I want to clear up a mistake from yesterday, for the sake of accuracy–it was in defense of Israel from another blog– I stated olive tree when I should have said "fig tree" as for whom the world wants–at this point it is moot–Hopefully everything falls into place so that it is who God wants, that is what the world NEEDS!

      August 30, 2012 at 11:15 am | Reply
    • MikeyB

      As a Marine Corp veteran, i could not force myself to vote for a man with no military history in his family. As a matter of fact, are there not 5 grown, healthy sons in the Romney family that are certainly wealthy on their own. But none have stepped forward in the last decade as so many of our fathers and sons have to fight and die for this country. No sacrifices for this family or do the POOR continue to battle so the rich can stay rich? Just an observation

      August 30, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Reply
    • leekumkee

      what's your middle name ?...must be Hussein...i bet
      ya must be good in riding camels...right ?..LLOOOLLLL

      August 30, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Reply
    • S£¥

      What heck are you...Traveling word show?
      Your list is neither smart or funny.

      August 30, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Reply
    • What???

      If you could or would read the health care reform bill your will find out that you are now just a glob of cells! I hope you enjoy your mother, father and grandparents because you will find out what the medical board that will review their case when they get sick under the healthcare reform bill you will find out who is the glob of cells. The funny thing is that people who sold you this bill of good have exempted themselves from this business. Ha ha ha ha!!!

      September 3, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Reply
    • bravila

      Yikes someone is truly angry.

      Don't you know everyone comes from the womb of a woman?????

      Go Obama go! 4 more years!

      November 9, 2012 at 2:50 am | Reply
  2. The GOP Voucher Plan will include a "Legalize Euthanasia" clause and a free gun to commit suicide

    The seniors will need it when their health care dollars run out.

    August 27, 2012 at 9:50 am | Reply
    • EH

      Whereas Obamacare provides for a panel of nameless and faceless beaurocrats who will decide whether you live or die

      August 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Reply
      • Satan

        Your current health care plan (if you have one) does the exact same thing, and has been doing so since it's inception...what's more is that you PAY THEM TO DO IT. Get off the "I hate Obamacare" bandwagon and try exercising your mind for once. The correct course of action is to just make health care free for everyone...or create a single payer system. No exchanges, no shopping around for the best insurance company. Of course, organizations like the Tea Party will likely resort to mass murder if that ever happened, so we just have to wait for them to all die of natural causes before we can actually fix this country.

        August 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
      • Jeremy

        That you still believe this tripe that was obviously wrong even before it was thoroughly debunked speaks volumes about the GOP propaganda machine.

        August 28, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
      • Worried Parent

        Actually the "DEATH PANEL" is alive and well with the no abortions even if the mother's life is in danger. Anyone who is a woman and or parent of a daughter should be terrified the Republicans are fine with sentencing you or your child to die on a chance a baby may live. Who cares if the woman wants to live and maybe raise her other kids- she is sentenced to die by Republicans...

        August 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
      • bam

        romneycare.... blame obama for the father of healthcare....
        not obamas fault mittens failed MASS so badly he denies MASS happened

        August 29, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • milhistprof

      Now that is a humane, ethical, affordable, and rational option to declining health. Much more so than saddling the single grandkid with the bill for keeping two or three grandparents on eternal life support. Sadly nothing is free- a bit of reality often missing in health care discussions.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Reply
    • babooph

      We paid for our medicare,Ryan did not pay for his trust fund,lets give him a govt voucher & take HIS trust fund...see how he sees fairness in that.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Reply
      • CJ

        You think it's not "fair" someone has more than you so you should take it from him? Wow, now there is Democratic reality for you.

        August 29, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • ensense

      GOPVoucher are you afraid the money will run out becaue obama shifted 800 billion from medicare?

      August 28, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Reply
      • Hey Retard

        Obama SAVED Medicare 800 billion in the form of cuts to the Medical Cartels. You know....The ones who have been overcharging for years. What don't repukes like about Medicare SAVINGS?

        August 29, 2012 at 9:53 am |
  3. S.V.P.YADAV

    Respecterd Editor Garu,
    Mr. Obama Garu need to U.S anether 4 years,Because, already U.S suffered with all crises, So in this situation if Mr. Obama was not there, U.S will suffer from anether crises.

    August 27, 2012 at 10:02 am | Reply
    • Robert Marston

      Are you even from the US? Speaking English?

      August 27, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Reply
      • Karthik G.

        He is Indian. "Garu" is the equivalent of "Sir", alas a sign of respect to President Obama and editor. If you dont understand what he is trying to say then move on, no need to comment. It's people like you that feel a need to comment on every passing cloud that are detrimental to society as a whole. Did you understand that? That was in English I presume...

        August 28, 2012 at 10:26 am |
    • Boo

      Hey Marston....why are you such an arrogant moron?

      August 28, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
      • Hoo

        Well, obviously he is a Republican. What do you expect?

        August 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  4. 100 % ETHIO

    The World becomes the dangerous place in different aspects:

    Water war,
    Border war,
    Economical war (Rich vs Poor),
    Leadership war and
    Safeguarding/self-interest war.

    Although, America's leadership election process is much better than any other Countries, still there are many questions remained unanswered. One example is buying votes by Money, which will have some consequence. We also witnessed, without the full participations/votes of each American Soldiers in battle zones, someone got appointed by President/Commander-in-chief.

    Democracy = All American voices, regardless of one's status.

    August 27, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
    • k8br

      You said: "Democracy = All American voices, regardless of one's status."
      That isn't the America we currently live in. The Supreme Court has said that money = free speech. Unfortunately, that means that all of Americans don't have a voice regardless of their status, only those that have money!!!

      August 28, 2012 at 10:45 am | Reply
    • agincourt98

      Canada allows 6 WEEKS of campaigning!!!! Not 4 freaking years. It seems that the US is in a continual election cycle.

      August 29, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  5. Andrey

    CNN keeps giving that angle: like anybody in the world really cares! The thing is: as long as American international policy goes, there is a lot of talk but very little difference between two parties. So why should people of the world give a s-t! They are not so much exposed to US propaganda and probably do not see the difference because it is not there!
    All these percentages only show how people see current US standing. Change the name of the President: the numbers will hardly even move.

    August 27, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      We Europeans do care, who's going to be elected.
      Obama has handled some extremely difficult and sensitive issues. He might not have had the best solutions to problems and pleased anybody. Yet the question is whethter another president – let's say Romney – would have done a better job.

      August 28, 2012 at 6:25 am | Reply
      • CJ

        You only care because you want to bring the US down to your socialist level.

        August 29, 2012 at 10:57 am |
      • agincourt98

        CJ – Canada is more socialist than the US yet our economy didn't not crash and is doing far better than yours. Go figure.

        August 29, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
      • deniz boro

        Europe lived trough quite a number of Presidents. Elections are a routine course of healthy democratic life in the Old continent. It is not a Ring Fight, Not a Show of Muscles, ...Yep all of those might be done in the meanwhile. And well later on. But if a democracy has natural mechanisms in place, they can not go over the board. It starts with aware people off course.The society who are freely informed who heve access to information.. Who have been brought up to think clearly. Say Evolution rather than devolution.

        August 30, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
  6. Patrick

    Actually, the world doesn't deserve either! No matter which one of these clowns gets elected, the world will suffer over it, especially in the Middle East and Central Asia! Ron Paul is who the world needs as U.S. President, not these bozoes!!!

    August 27, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Reply
    • JosephMcCarthy/Quigley/LyndsieGraham/krm1007©™/JoeCollins/J.Foster Dulles/Marine5484/OldManClark

      I am the same guy. I am a useless piece of camel dung. I post anti-American, anti GB, anti-Semite, anti-India, anti-modern anything because I am a good Moslem from Pakistan. I have stolen Patrick’s moniker because I am so ashamed of myself and I post the most stupid comments because I am an imbecile. Mohammed the pedophile has taught me well. When people get angry with me, I claim they are the stupid ones. If I am not careful, my brain will explode because it is so full of hate and puss.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Reply
      • replytostupidjew

        It is the Jewish Mind-Sets being against leaders and murdering leaders.
        Jew murdered Jesus,
        Jew murdered too many leaders after Jesus,
        Jews murdered or assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on November 04 1995, at 09:30 P.M.in Tel Aviv, by yigal Amir.

        Jewish are the suspect of assassination of American leaders. Jew has motives and habits of assassinating Leaders, anywhere in the World. It is their day-to-day dreams and thoughts.

        August 28, 2012 at 3:54 am |
  7. shiblee

    The World does not want both . The world hate America too much . Which is why world accuse the USA of doing crime . People suspect the USA when something happens even people will suspect the USA if a natural disaster is occured .

    August 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
    • JM

      Sounds like Chinese propaganda to me lol. Did your government teach u that?

      August 28, 2012 at 5:55 am | Reply
    • Canada

      Now, buddy said it a little harsh. but he is replicating the sentiment felt towards America. When I go over to Europe I have to make sure I where a Canadian flag, or else they'll think I'm American, and I get highly disrepected. Even in my nation, we are very close to you, but arn't really your friends, we have other nations we like much better. mainly because of the level of ego. just so happens that you're right there, which is great for trade.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:26 am | Reply
      • Sivick

        oh canada, you're so adorable. We just want to pinch your cheeks and tuck you into bed. Now stay nice and warm while we spend more than your entire countries income on weapons to protect you from wackoes around the world. So cute canadians are.

        August 28, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
      • Tom

        nice job validating his comment....idiot

        August 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
      • bluerain

        I've been to Canada, they loved me. You must be an exception. They still fly our USA flag in your country.

        August 29, 2012 at 12:49 am |
      • CJ

        Ego of Americans. So you have met every American then? I don't believe we have met. I don't have an ego.

        August 29, 2012 at 10:58 am |
      • Matvei Leshchyov

        You are being a bit hypocritic when you say "because of ego." don't stereotype whole nation of people. And if you don't want to upset others, keep your opinions to yourself.
        Hey, if I ever come to Canada, i'll be sure to bring my Russian flag so no one will confuse me for a Canadian. I wouldnt want that to happen.

        August 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  8. abdu allah

    for sure Obama ,, and he needs time before we can feel the difference ,, i think 4 years are not enough to show the changes ,,, and to mr SHilbee ,, you are too wrong when you wrote the world hates america because thats not a true at all ,,, i am muslim for example and i love america ,, its diffrent between saying hate america and disagree with bush !!! america is greatest country and i love america but i dont like bush ,, and if people outside of america will suspect america whatever happened that because the media even the american one plays with this ,,, and actually you can say 30%to 40% maximum) of the population in my region dislike or do what you have written above ,,, but the majurity either neutralist or like america

    August 27, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  9. infidelbob

    Yes, they don't like Obama in the middle east but they wouldn't like any American, so their opinion should be ignored.

    August 27, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  10. Brian

    They would like Gary Johnson (Libertarian candidate) the most because he wants to stay the heck out of other countries' business.

    August 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Reply
  11. DC Observer

    The Taliban and Al Qaeda want Obama, one of their own.

    And the North Koreans want Obama becasue he will leave them alone and give them goodies

    Iran wants Obama so that they can develop a nuyclear bomb

    And, of course, the 46% of Americans who pay no taxes and the 100 million people n food stamps and the 50 million unemployed or underemployed all want Obama so the goodies keep coming and they do not have to work for anything

    And the unions all want Obama – becasue he pays them so much indirectly through labor friendly government funding and legislation and payments

    August 27, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Reply
    • smarty74

      Anyone (i.e. DC Observer) who spells the word "nuclear" as "nuyclear", uses commas in improper places, starts multiple sentences with the word "And", uses the word "n" to mean "and", is hard to take seriously. So many semi-literate people...

      August 27, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
    • Pander Bear

      I'll translate your post back into its native language:

      Derpa derpa derpa der. Derpa derpa.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Reply
      • Jojo

        I read your post a few minutes ago & am still laughing! Thanks for making me smile!

        August 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
      • derpaderpa

        still snorting over here

        August 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
      • agincourt98

        Laughed out loud.

        August 29, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • Pliny

      I don't know what all those people want.

      But I know what I want. For you to die, soon, slowly and alone.

      Oh...and before you do die....I want you to admit that your hatred of Obama comes from the color of his skin.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Reply
      • milhistprof

        Because there can be no rational objection to the policies of an extreme liberal who happens to be black? There's definitely a racist on one end of that comment.

        August 28, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • King

      And all those same countries want romney because he will give big bonuses and breaks to companies that will outsource the hell ot of their workforce.....deleting more jobs for americans. then all you Republican nutjobs can REALLY complain about foreigners taking American jobs. Romney will flip flop on everything he says to any foreign government because, hey...thats what the romster does.

      August 30, 2012 at 11:18 am | Reply
    • King

      And all those same countries want romney because he will give big bonuses and breaks to companies that will outsource the hell ot of their workforce.....deleting more jobs for americans. then all you Republican nutjobs can REALLY complain about foreigners taking American jobs. Romney will flip flop on everything he says to any foreign government because, hey...thats what the romster does.

      August 30, 2012 at 11:19 am | Reply
  12. ImaTwang

    Well therein lies the problem with globalization. Personally, Europe's opinion at this point means zip to me. They need to worry about why they've only had the Euro in circulation for less than 15 years and are in such a dilemma. Didn't follow their own EU guidelines so they can just keep quiet if they would. How we handle the US and our Nationalism and stregnth is all that should be important to our President. If he surrounds himself with wise and qualified advisors and agency heads, the right momentum will occur. Personally, the idea of either of them presiding does nothing for my enthusiasm. Romney is way to military industrial complex gung ho for me. And Obama is just an immature ego maniac with no true wisdom or clarity and lets the federal agencies just take advtantage of the fact that he's such a fool. The day we actually are able to allow a moderate utilitarian to rise up the ranks is the day I will be happy. Till then, I'll just keep blocking out all the noise and miserable screamers out there. Peace and tranquility are things that I value.

    August 27, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  13. Lee Oates

    One of the most serious problems in the US at the moment is the blatant attempt by the Republicans to steal the election through voter suppression nation-wise, with the most outragous being in Ohio. This poses a huge danger to the concept of a free America and affects all of America. I suggest a nation-wide movement of demonstrations [peaceful] to protest these attempts at voter suppressions as quickly as possible. Perhaps starting on Sunday (Sept 2, 2012), Lets see if there are any real Americans left. Please pass this message on to every internet activity you can. We can show the power of free Americans and communications.

    August 27, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Reply
  14. kamarasune

    The only ones that really matter is "who the American people want"....

    August 27, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Reply
  15. 100 % ETHIO

    I will tell you what the American Media is hiding not to reveal the crisis you are expected to know after the election: increase taxes and massive lay off.
    God save US, it will be a major spending and economic disaster, if we go war with Iran.

    Here is what you must know now:
    It is a catastrophic Shock. This never happened in the history of American Presidency.

    ®© Whomever win the next American Presidency, will regret being elected, once he discovered the $10 Trillions plus deficits being announced by the US treasury department and by Congress.
    The upcoming President will face a burden of feelings to deal with.

    So, who would like to be President, with massive cutbacks and deficits??? Will you???

    August 28, 2012 at 4:36 am | Reply
    • 100 % ETHIO

      Based on the above informations, I see gun crimes will add up (the highest...); unemployment will soar;.....it will be the scary moments for few Years.

      Be prepared, expect the future.

      August 28, 2012 at 4:51 am | Reply
  16. ana

    leader of the world?... that is really sugestive of how americans see themselves.

    August 28, 2012 at 5:33 am | Reply
    • Atheus

      They don't mean literally. That is what the leader of the country with the strongest economy is traditionally referred to as. It was the same for the English monarchy at the height of the British Empire.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  17. scmaize

    Knowing Middle Eastern countries and China want Obama defeated would encourage many Americans to vote for him. Our allies like him; nations who act against us don't. Not hard to see what that means.

    August 28, 2012 at 9:54 am | Reply
  18. Kim hyun

    I thinkk obama no chance next leader cuz he can not help the american people!

    August 28, 2012 at 10:18 am | Reply
  19. Chaotician

    Mitt is and would be a disaster for the world! The destruction of America in every way except militarily guarantees that everything in America and the world will become worse and the Mitt's opposition to any action that would in any way limit the environmental devastation of our "job Creators" will be catastrophic and far worse than Obama's minimal reduction of the growth of environmental destruction. America is the terrorist force in the world, destroying whole countries not just a symbolic building, murdering millions not just a few thousand! Unless the world stands up and opposes the domination of America military and multi-national corporations of greed and sleaze; the demise of the world and the species is inevitable!

    August 28, 2012 at 10:34 am | Reply
    • Some Random Guy

      If you're what the species has become.. then we deserve to be wiped out.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:20 am | Reply
  20. Old Sailor

    Elect Romney and continue the Bush recession. After all, only the poor get hurt in a recession. The rich just send their money overseas (see Romney tax returns – oh wait, he won't let us see where he hid his money).

    August 28, 2012 at 10:42 am | Reply
    • Some Random Guy

      Re-elect Obama and watch him break his own record for the number of poor in the US..

      August 28, 2012 at 11:19 am | Reply
    • Justin

      I thought Obama said we were now in recovery. So if Romney is elected and the country goes back into a recession, would that not be an Obama recession then?

      It would not be fair to blame Bush since after all Obama brought us out of the original "Bush" recession right?

      August 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  21. Jeffrey

    Who cares who the world wants? We should elect who WE want.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:07 am | Reply
  22. Arlee

    I think that President Obama is doing a good job right now. No president can solve all the problems that the US has in four years, that's why re-electing him for the next term is possibly the best move. After eight years under Democratic leadership if there is no positive progress within the States as far as healthcare and the economy then you can look at change. As being a non American I realize it is not my choice but you can be guaranteed Obama has got the respect of the rest of the world, Something ex-president Bush never had.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:13 am | Reply
    • Some Random Guy

      And will this "respect" pay for the trillions of dollars in debt Obama has piled on us? Will it replace the millions of jobs he's cost us? Will it pay for the massive spike in health insurance costs he's given us? The man has been a complete disaster for the American people.

      Do people in the rest of the world base their votes on what the American people want? Of course not. Why should we base ours on their desires? They don't like Obama because they think he'll be good for the American people.. they like Obama because they think he'll give them what THEY want for themselves.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:18 am | Reply
      • Canada

        man. YOU LIVE IN AMERICA, how can you not see OBAMA, did not make that debt for F sakes. your previous leader waged an illegal war in the middle east that costed Trillions! if I remember when Obama got elected in, that was one of the things he was to address, the massive Debt that was left by the war. The War you got duped into! what the heck did Iraq have to do with anything? did you notice you guys asked Canada to join the war, and we told you to take a hike, hmmm we are not in the situation you are in! and the Health insurance is a move in the right direction. but you love being scammed by insurance companies, so I can't explain it to you.

        August 28, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • CJ

      Why does he have the respect of the world?

      August 29, 2012 at 11:01 am | Reply
  23. John

    Gee – why do I care who the world wants Americans to elect? The EU is just about done – nearly bankrupt from their socialist experiment. People in the mid-east kill each other for dancing or listening to the "wrong" music. Asians seem to be doing fairly well despite the issues on the Korean pennisula....again....why do I care what anyone other than an American has to say about our next election?

    August 28, 2012 at 11:37 am | Reply
    • Canada

      Because you don't realize that America is a modern day empire, and world police? do you not belive that he who has the power and the money calls the shots or at least has a huge influence on world policy? History just repeats itself. for example, when you guy's re-elected Bush, we all face-palmed ourselves, we knew before you did that you guys were duped. his second term sealed the deal. the stock markets crashed, and my economy suffered because of the rift of your economic power house collapse. ohhh, and your war with Iraq and destabilization of the ME drove up our gas prices.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:47 am | Reply
      • America

        Canada, unfortunately I couldn't agree with you more regarding most of your posts throughout. I love my country.. and I love yours as well. We are in dire straights for sure, but there is little or nothing a lower middle class woman can do to change what has been set into motion. I wish all the good people, and even some of the hateful ones who have lost their way, strength and clarity in the times when they will need it the most.

        August 28, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
      • Canada

        There's the America I love! It's true, even with the problems we have here in Canada, especially with insurance companies, and private business price gouging us. There's not a whole lot we can do is there...? we just gotta be smart about who we put in office, it's the only way to get our say out.

        August 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
      • Lolita

        You could not have sung it clearer than a rooster, I am amn American Ctizen and I agree with you wholeheartedly but our own Government lied to us during the Bush administration.

        August 28, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
      • bluerain

        Bush may have raised a debt in his two terms while fighting a war on terrorist. Obama more than tripled that debt during his one term! Obama boasts about transparency and his administration passed an unaffordable healthcare bill behind closed doors, the speaker of the house Pelosi said "We must pass the bill to find out what is in it" Have you read what is in it???? OMG! Money was taken from Social Security and shifted to Obamacare. This administration reckless spending is hurting this country. Ask the majority of Americans who are sitting with no job in sight, High prices at the store and gas pumps. This spending is on Obama's watch not Bush. It has been for years and I have not seen Obamas promise of Hope and Change. The fact is it is not working.

        August 29, 2012 at 12:45 am |
      • agincourt98

        Bluerain – the money you are referring to came from Medicare not Social Security and he moved it – not took it. Lord – I'm Canadian and I understand! A great deal of your debt added by Pres. Obama was to place two UNFUNDED wars on to the books – the Bush administration had not put the war costs on to the national accounts. How can American citizens not understand this stuff. I don't even live there and I get it. Whether you agree with someone's politics or not, please grasp the things they do and don't lie about them.

        August 29, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  24. tara10

    You know, it's not really good for you to continue the delusion that your president is the leader of the world. (Not even the leader of the free world, now, but the whole world.) You have no idea what the rest of us are doing, but one of the things we are doing is watching your country fall apart and taking note of what not to do.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • *sigh*

      Take a deep breath, tara10. Reread previous comments as to WHY they use the phrase "leader of the world".

      And then you may continue to bash as you see fit.

      August 28, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  25. John

    The world wants whomever is more likely to do whatever is best for THEM, not what is best for US. Do you really think that people in the Iran, North Korea, Syria, Greece or Sudan are worried about the plight of the American middle class?

    August 28, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
  26. Kareen

    Having relatives and friends in Germany, France, Canada and other places I can tell you that most of the world is laughing at the idea of a President Romney/Ryan and their crazy ideas.
    They are perfectly comfortable with President Obama

    August 28, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
    • Justin

      Of course Europe likes Obama's weak leadership. It mirrors their own.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  27. Expat2012

    People outside the US have long favored Democratic presidents over Repubs. That said, Bush43 hurt himself by not consulting any foreign leaders before he started invading other countries in 2001 and 2002. Romney also shows a distinct lack of sensitivity to others' POV outside the US and has unnecessarily started conflict with China and Russia before even being elected.

    You get others to help you by first recognizing the value of their POV and contribution. People in this country need to realize we live in a connected world – we need others and what we say and do here gets out.

    August 28, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Reply
    • soldier'sbro

      so America was the only member in the "Coalition of the Willing"? NATO as a whole sent troops in and still has troops in Afghanistan not just the USA. Like it or not America was not the only nation who favored our actions during those frightening times. NOT saying it was necessary or right, it's just hard to say you would have made a different call. Obama isn't exactly buddy buddy with China or Russia either as they are opposed on the issues of Syria and Iran. Saying that the rest of the world favors one party over another is some what foolish considering the majority of the Presidents since the end of WWII have been Republican.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Reply
  28. George

    Europeans are really mystified by Mormon beliefs, they would think the Americans were stupid to elect someone so closely tied to the LDS Church.
    Do we care? Probably not, but it actually matters. The US is an economic global giant, American products are sold world wide in spite of the export deficit! If other countries see us as dopes for electing some one whose religion is bizarre, then can they trust our products?

    August 28, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Reply
    • Justin

      Who cares what the Europeans think. It is not like they have figured it out either. This is an American election with American voters. If we can elect a Muslim why not a Mormon? I say Buddhist runs in 4 years LOL.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Leave a Reply to INGODITRUST


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.