On Tuesday, liberal stalwart NPR hyped a BBC World Service poll that found that "if the world picked U.S. president, election would be a blowout" for President Obama. Writer Eyder Peralta's item, which was the number-one most-viewed on its website, spotlighted that the poll "taken in 21 countries...found for the most part, foreign countries preferred Obama. The only exception was Pakistan where more people said they preferred Romney."
The BBC poll, conducted between July 3 and September 3, found that the most strongly pro-Obama country, to no one's shock, was France, with 72 percent of respondents supporting the incumbent Democrat. The second highest pro-Obama country was Australia, followed by Kenya, Nigeria, and Canada.
France, which elected a socialist government this past May, is actually on track to wipe out references to mother and father in its legal and regulatory language, and replace it with the more same-sex "marriage"-friendly term"parent." President Francois Hollande also released a plan for a 75 percent marginal income tax on those earning more that 1 million Euros a year, a move that the Heritage Foundation's Nile Gardiner warned would amount to "economic suicide for the second biggest economy in Europe." Both of these proposals, of course, line up nicely with the President's platform.
Hollande's agenda is so egalitarian that he even proposed banning homework earlier in October because of "inequality." The spirit of the French Revolution is alive and well.
Despite its apparent high support of Obama, Australia actually could end up removing its current left-of-center leadership. According to a recent poll, the ruling Labor Party trails nine points behind the center-right Liberal-national ticket. Prime Minister Julia Gillard recently ripped a page out of the Obama campaign's playbook by accusing the leader of the opposing coalition, Tony Abbott, of sexism.
Peralta did note that the "Real Clear Politics average of the popular vote puts Gov. Mitt Romney 0.6 percent ahead of President Obama." But the fact that he and NPR decided to plug this poll indicates that they want to distract attention from the momentum that is currently in the former Massachusetts governor's favor.