The Economist‘s Global Vote for U.S. President

30.09.08

Categorie: Politics |

electoral.jpgThis is the first and last time I’m going to even reference U.S. presidential politics on this blog. I can’t resist because the foreign-policy implications of this totally unscientific poll are fairly huge.

The Economist is asking readers from all over the world to vote for the U.S. president. Each country is awarded a weighted number of “global electoral votes” based on the U.S. electoral college system.

The results so far are, frankly, startling. Of 8,195 electoral votes, John McCain has won just three.

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3 Responses to “The Economist‘s Global Vote for U.S. President”

  1. Scathsealgaire says:

    They are ALL blue states. omfg.

  2. corey says:

    tabling the issue of whether an internet poll is a good way to collect data, the economist’s readers are hardly a representative sample.

    for example its u.s. data shows a 20-80 obama lead, which is about 24 perentage points off

  3. Scathsealgaire says:

    Corey, I agree that the economist and its readers are not a representative sample of international interests.

    But you are comparing apples with oranges. You are comparing US domestic data, with International data from readers of The Economist. Of course the results are going to be different.

    The point of this data is not to represent US domestic opinion, but International opinion. And it seems that foreign readers of The Economist are mainly in the Obama camp.

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