American elections are decided by Americans.
As obvious as that sounds, it is remarkable to consider how much attention the world is paying to this year’s presidential election. I don’t mean to downplay the importance of the position on world matters, but I do want to point out the global prominence to which Barack Obama has risen. Indeed, there are those who would say that he was received almost as well as royalty during his recent European visit.
So what would happen if the world could vote?
There is a website that poses that question and provides some answers in a very easy-to-view and use format. But here are some highlights:
- As of this writing, 199 countries (including the US) have been heard from
- 408,409 votes have been tallied
- Within the last hour, 834 votes were received
- Over the last 24 hours, 28,525 votes were submitted
- Only Serbia and Montenegro, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, North Korea, Chad, Central African Republic, Western Sahara, Sierra Leone*, Liberia, and French Guyana have not been heard from
Some of those not heard from are not at all surprising, given their level of technology and/or freedoms. (If you’re not sure where these countries are, please go look them up. The map on the site does not name these countries since there are no votes—I had to cross reference other maps to get the names.)
Anyway, according to the site, Barack Obama is winning with 87.3% of the vote to John McCain’s 12.7%. The vote count breaks out like this: Obama – 356,758; McCain – 51,811.
The only country in which John McCain is winning is in Macedonia with 87.7% of the 413 votes cast. Albania is 50/50, and not surprisingly at all, Kenya has gone to Obama 97.8%!!!
So what about the ones that really count? The US votes?
Only 136,191 votes have been submitted—Indianapolis (where I live) alone has more people. Of the votes cast, 81.2% prefer Barack Obama.
I guess that if he wanted to run for President of the World, he could actually win—at least, amongst those voters in this poll.
*Not to be confused with Tea Leoni, the actress, who lives in California.
See for yourself and vote: http://iftheworldcouldvote.com/