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Germans vote Obama best US presidential candidate

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Germans vote Obama best US presidential candidate
Is Obama ein Berliner? Photo: DPA
11:21 CEST+02:00
An overwhelming majority of Germans chose Barack Obama as their favourite candidate for the US presidency, according to a poll published on Friday.

In the YouGov survey for the Daily Telegraph website, 67 percent of Germans polled said Democrat Obama would get their vote, while likely Republican nominee John McCain would get just a six percent vote.

“Germans are very much taken with his multi-cultural background and particularly his air of aristocratic humility,” Constanze Stelzenmüller, director of the German Marshall Fund in Berlin, told the paper.

Just 25 percent of Germans polled said they view the US as a “force for good,” and it seems their hopes are pinned on Obama to improve the transatlantic ties damaged during the Bush administration.

The paper reported that on average, 52 percent of respondents in Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Russia said they would vote for the Democratic front-runner if they could, against just 15 percent who said they would vote for Republican nominee John McCain.

YouGov questioned 6,256 people over the Internet between May 23 and 29, including 2,241 in Britain, 1,005 in France, 1,001 in Russia, 1,004 in Italy and 1,005 in Germany.

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