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Dear America, the Rest of the World Says: Choose Obama

LONDON, November 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --



MSN global poll reveals who the world wants as the next President of the United States

An MSN poll of more than 570,000 people, across 36 countries (outside the USA) has revealed the world wants Barack Obama to remain as President.

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When asked who they would choose if they could vote for either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, the majority in almost every country favoured Obama. The overall score being 81% in favour of the current president and just 19% preferring the Republican challenger Romney.

China is the only country that would prefer Romney as the next President of the United States, giving him 52% of the vote compared to 48% for Obama.

In Britain Obama grabbed a whopping 85% of the vote.

Duncan Hooper, managing editor of MSN News & Sport, says: "Mitt Romney lost all hope of winning Britons' hearts after suggesting the country wasn't ready to host the Olympics. He made so many gaffes during a visit to London that it became known as the 'Romneyshambles'.

"On the other hand, Barack Obama is still remembered as the man who represented a significant and welcome change in direction after the much maligned George W Bush's eight years in the White House. Obama's struggles on the domestic scene have gone largely unreported over here compared with his dignified and well-timed overseas visits."

To keep on top of all the USA election news go to MSN UK.

Results broken down by country

    Country               Percentage of Obama votes Percentage of Romney votes
    Argentina             83%                       17%
    Austria               93%                       7%
    Belgium               93%                       7%
    Brazil                90%                       10%
    Canada                83%                       17%
    Chile                 80%                       20%
    China                 48%                       52%
    Colombia              77%                       23%
    Costa Rica            83%                       17%
    Finland               93%                       7%
    France                88%                       12%
    Germany               92%                       8%
    Greece                82%                       18%
    Hong Kong             85%                       15%
    India                 64%                       36%
    Indonesia             87%                       13%
    Ireland               86%                       14%
    Italy                 87%                       13%
    Japan                 75%                       25%
    Latin America (other) 79%                       21%
    Mexico                88%                       12%
    Middle East           79%                       21%
    Peru                  75%                       25%
    Philippines           62%                       38%
    Poland                64%                       36%
    Portugal              94%                       6%
    Russia                73%                       27%
    Singapore             82%                       18%
    South Africa          68%                       32%
    Spain                 82%                       18%
    Sweden                90%                       10%
    Taiwan                69%                       31%
    Thailand              65%                       35%
    Turkey                73%                       27%
    UK                    85%                       15%
    Venezuela             77%                       23%
            Total         81%                       19%


Notes to Editors:

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft, Windows Live and MSN are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademark of their respected owners.

About MSN UK

Since its launch in 1995, MSN has become one of the world's most influential and recognisable publishing brands. With 28.5 million UK unique users a month*, more than bbc.co.uk, Sky Online or Yahoo!, and 61 per cent reach across the UK's internet audience*, MSN UK utilises the power of Microsoft's technology expertise and offers unrivalled breadth of opportunity for editorial and advertising innovation. MSN UK is also complemented by Windows Live, a new set of personal Internet services and software, which is designed to bring together all the relationships, information and interests people care about most in one place, with enhanced safety and security features across their PC, devices and the Web.

MSN UK is located on the Web at http://uk.msn.co.uk and MSN worldwide sites are located at http://www.msn.com/worldwide.aspx


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