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October 01, 2008

If the World Had a Vote

The Economist magazine has a worldwide poll up for our presidential race. They've apportioned a total of 8205 votes amongst all the world's countries, I'm guessing by population. China has 1900 votes to 432 for the US and 49 for Canada.

Our of that 8205, 3 are for McCain/Palin, apparently in Andorra. The remaining 8202 electoral votes in our imaginary world electoral college, are for Obama/Biden. At least if it was based entirely on Economist readers and friends.

Those of us who travel or have friends around the world or read information about the rest of the world already pretty know that the rest of the world is rooting for an Obama win. I just don't think we've known how much.

Take a look and vote if you'd like.

Posted by Lynn Allen on October 1, 2008 at 11:02 AM in Candidate Races, Media, National and International Politics | Permalink


It's obviously unscientific. You need Adobe Flash to vote. (Apparently, not just any Flashmedia player will do.) So, I suppose you should really say that among those who read the Economist online and have Adobe Flash, Obama is the clear winner.

Posted by: Cujo359 | Oct 2, 2008 12:04:43 AM


Yes, totally unscientific. It might be mitigated somewhat by the general sense, in this country anyway, that the Economist is conservative-leaning. I've read it for years and have not particularly found that to be the case. Business-oriented, by definition, but not particularly conservative. I read it for years, more for the foreign news that anything else.

Posted by: Lynn | Oct 2, 2008 9:15:18 AM

I've always thought of them as libertarian, but "conservative" probably applies as well, if by that you mean the old business-oriented conservatism. Ironically, even they have been talking about the need for better regulation on the world's banking.

I agree that they're a good news source. They're probably the best news magazine going these days.

Posted by: Cujo359 | Oct 2, 2008 11:58:27 AM

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