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11/06/2012 12:15 pm ET Updated Jan 06, 2013

If the Current U.S. Presidential Candidates Were Running in Your Country, Who Would You Vote for?

This question originally appeared on Quora.
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By Hung Lee, Recruitment Strategist - Founder of Wise Man Say

My fellow Quorans, on this question I feel entirely comfortable in speaking for the rest of the world: It's Obama or any other Democrat, by a landslide.

For us, it's simply difficult to believe that Romney is even in the running. This is not through any misplaced loyalty to Obama - we're perfectly aware of his inadequacies over the past four years - it's simply that the party that Romney represents would be unelectable if we had a say. This position is true not only of close friends of the US, but also of countries with whom you have more complex relationships. Except for Pakistan, that is. Romney is HUGE in Pakistan.

Check out these graphs from Globescan, which sampled opinion in twenty one different countries ranging from close allies (UK, Australia, Canada), occasionally belligerent friends (France), past and future competitors (Japan, China, India), and countries where opinion of the US might at best be ambiguous (Pakistan).

In every category, in almost every country, Obama beat Romney by a wide margin.

1. On mean average

2. In every country, except for Pakistan

3. Over time

Of course, any sampling is flawed, but it will be backed up by any type of anecdata you care to collect. Speak to non-US Quorans here and see what they say. The overwhelming majority - probably similar percentages outlined by these Globescan graphs - would say the same; it is Obama, because the Republicans have proven incapable of producing viable candidates for leadership of still the most important country in the world.

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