Much has been said about America’s diminished stature in the world under the Bush administration. With great anticipation worldwide, it seems that the election outcome for Obama has wiped the slate clean for improved global perceptions of this country.
New York Times – For Many Abroad, an Ideal Renewed
“From far away, this is how it looks: There is a country out there where tens of millions of white Christians, voting freely, select as their leader a black man of modest origin, the son of a Muslim. There is a place on Earth — call it America — where such a thing happens.”
Washington Post -Around the World, Praise for Obama
“Through tears and whoops of joy, in celebrations that spilled onto streets on distant continents, people around the globe called Barack Obama’s election a victory for the world and a renewal of America’s ability to inspire.”
To illustrate the sway of the much-hyped U.S. election on the world, Gallup conducted a global poll regarding pre-election preferences of different countries (illustrated in the map above). The interactive map weighs each country’s preference for Obama and McCain, and their feelings about whether a new administration will affect the fortunes of their own country. The interactive features of the map provide a fascinating glimpse into the sway of differing American ideologies in various parts of the world.
It’s rather obvious that the Obama win would play well in Africa and Europe, but what’s perhaps more telling it the top 10 countries in favor of McCain. Check out the site to conduct your own analysis.