BBC Poll Shows Obama is the Favorite Worldwide

Thursday, October 25, 2012

President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

Though President Obama and Mitt Romney are neck-and-neck in the polls at home, a recent BBC poll showed that Obama remains the clear favorite abroad. How does the president remain so popular around the world?

Ros Atkins hosts the BBC program, World Have Your Say, where listeners call in from all over the world to discuss the news. He has heard a number of opinions about the presidential election, and joins us to talk about what people are saying about the candidates abroad.

"Our audience around the world has not engaged with this election as it did with the election four years ago. There isn't a narrative that it can buy into as it did with the idea of the first black person becoming president of America," Atkins says. "But, there remains a fascination with your country, and how Americans live, and that's coming out through out election coverage."

Still, the health of the American economy is important around the world. For the last few weeks, Ros Atkins has been traveling around the United States, looking at how various industries are faring in the recession. "What was interesting actually, being at the factory in Chicago, was that several of the people there emphasized, look, we may not make as much as we once did, and the Chinese are making more than they once did, but we're still making one in five things in the world - America is responsible for 18% of manufacturing."

Furthermore, Atkins says, the influence of the American economy on the rest of the world is not simply a financial one. "This is a country about dreams," he says - not just for Americans, but for people around the world. "When they see your economy doing well, that increases the number of people who simply dream about coming here and working."

Still, in spite of Obama's continuing popularity according to the poll conducted by the BBC, Atkins says there is far less enthusiasm for the candidate in this election.

"I think people are going from being excited about Obama, to perhaps being a little more indifferent," Atkins says. "People did expect a lot from Barack Obama, and perhaps inevitably, he's not been able to deliver on those expectations."

"People really believed Barack Obama would change things," Atkins says. "I think people have appreciated the shift in tone that Barack Obama has delivered, but in terms of actual actions, they've been less than convinced."


Ros Atkins

Produced by:

Maggie Penman

Comments [7]

Hopeless from Florida

No longer a country of dreams. Living it has become hell. We're losing the battle: our home is under foreclosure, our business is failing, health insurance prices are outrageous, some American dream huh? This president has a disdain for small business and individuals who are successful. You can see his hatred in his face. We need a President that can lead.

Oct. 28 2012 07:46 AM
Debbie from US

Not only is he expected to wrong ALL rights in the US in 4 years, the world also expects him to wrong ALL rights in the world. WTF? He is a President who has accomplished so much despite the deliberate and unpatriotic vow of republicans to halt our economy by working against the President.

Oct. 26 2012 08:26 AM

...because the BBC is such a paragon of respectability these days...

Thanks for sharing. And have a nice day.

Oct. 25 2012 03:20 PM
CK from NY

Frankly, I don't care what the rest of the world thinks. We don't necessarily like their leaders, they don't have to be fans of ours. This seems like the kind of story you run when you're worried that Mitt is pulling ahead in the polls. Quick! find a way to tout Obama!

Oct. 25 2012 03:15 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

The world will always love Americans but not always its Politicians.

Oct. 25 2012 02:03 PM

Just because "the world" according to the beeb agrees with Castro, Putin and Chavez on Obama doesn't make them right, does it?

Oct. 25 2012 09:57 AM
Ed from Larchmont

One could speculate that some countries would like a weaker U.S.

Oct. 25 2012 08:12 AM

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