NZers overwhelmingly support Obama for president

New Zealanders don't get to vote in the United States presidential race, but if they did Barack Obama would win in landslide.

UMR Research's latest poll asked New Zealanders who they would vote for in the presidential election -- two thirds (65 percent) said they would back Mr Obama compared to just 11 percent for John McCain.

Labour voters (69 percent) were slightly more in favour of Obama than National voters (63 percent), those in white collar jobs (74 percent) were significantly more likely than blue collar workers (58 percent) to support the Democrat nominee.

However, Mr McCain's controversial choice of running mate, Alaska's Governor Sarah Palin, did get a tick from those who said they had followed the issue.

Of those people 55 percent said she was a good choice compared to the 25 percent who disapproved.

The telephone poll of 750 people was conducted from September 11 to 14 and has a margin of error of 3.6 percent.

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I wasn't part of the poll but I have been following the presidential race for the white house for some time. On the issue of Foreign policy and international support for Obama, a recent poll of some 17 countries showed overwhelming support for Obama over his rival. The impression I get of McCain is that he would rather rush in to a conflict with all barrels blazing as opposed to Obama who would take a diplomatic and conciliatory approach. The last thing the world wants to see is more conflict and suffering than we already have.

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Well, I live in the Philippines and I overwhelmingly support Obama too.

I think it goes too for the rest of the world.

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Not surprising given the bias of the NZ media towards Obama. Who do you think knows more about the issues - NZers or US citizens? Seems the ones that know more about it are less impressed with Obama with recent polls showing McCain ahead.

For the record - I hope McCain gets the nod - it will be better for NZ's chances of securing a FTA

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It's interesting that New Zealanders support the candidate of the party that is historically anti-free-trade, pro-union (unions are anti-imported products), and protectionist. We'll see what happens to the USA-NZ FTA if the Democrats win. Also, trade policy is controlled by Congress, and on 10 April 2008 Democrat Party Speaker Nancy Pelosi changed a key House rule that effectively gutted over thirty years of established U.S. trade policy favouring free trade.

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Obama will be hopeless as President - naive and inexperienced he would be a lamb to the slaughter when dealing with people like Vladimir Putin. His policies are vague and full of platitudes - a belief in peace, love and understanding simply isn't good enough for a US President.

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Obama just has to much of a checkered past, an especially for such a short time in an elected office.
Reading one of his books you find him talking about attending meetings in college with a socialist flavor and picking marxist professors. Add that to all of the other connections he seems to have, looking at his voting record for raising taxes, his stance on abortion and babies surviving abortion and finally his lack of experience..... well I moving over to McCain. I cant find very many things that stand out about McCain as there are Obama. An McCain doesnt seem to agree with Bush that much and has a record that at least you can go check. Dont agree with everything he stands for but I will be able to sleep better

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hi guys

i m Adrien, french , on holiday in Auclkand, and an Obama supporter, i m lookimg for other supports who would organize smthg tomorrow to live the US election and maybe celebrate it, as they do in Paris (meetings in coffees ).

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