On 6 November, the USA will hold its 57th presidential election, to determine who’ll be at the helm of the country for the next four years. The main contenders are Republican candidate Mitt Romney and current American President Barack Obama, a Democrat. According to recent polls, most Americans believe that Barack Obama will win the election, to be re-elected for a second term. About 54 percent of Americans think that the Democratic candidate will win, whilst only 34 percent expressed confidence in a Republican victory. Meanwhile, a survey conducted among residents of the UK, Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Norway, showed that 90 percent of Europeans wish to see an Obama victory. None of the seven countries, Republican Mitt Romney didn’t get even 10 percent support in any of these seven European countries. Joe Twyman, the head of the political and social research organisation YouGov said, “Without a doubt, many Americans don’t particularly care what Europeans think about their candidates, but on the other hand, history shows that if the president isn’t popular in Europe, it has far-reaching consequences for European attitudes to the USA as a whole”.
3 November 2012