BBC: The World is No Fan of Romney

What does the rest of the world think of Mitt Romney?

The answer is not much.

A BBC World Service opinion poll has found sharply higher overseas approval ratings for US President Barack Obama than Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

An average of 50% favoured Mr Obama, with 9% for Mr Romney, in the survey of 21,797 people in 21 countries.

I suppose Romney can feel good about having the Pakistani vote all locked up.

By my estimation, Pakistan is the only country included in the survey that Romney hasn't insulted. His world embarrassment tour following the summer Olympics covered a number of them, others have been insulted by his contention that our trade deals with them do not exist, some have been insulted through racial animus, and the rest have been labeled socialists or currency manipulators.

Additionally, several countries included in the list have served as punching bags for Mitt Romney in stump speeches and his debate appearances.

And lets be real -- basing your campaign on American exceptionalism and "America is the best country in the world" is less than endearing. I'm an American and even I find it insufferable.

If Mitt Romney wins the presidency, he will enter office as possibly the most unfavorably viewed president in recent history. He's already established an extensive list of enemies and political foes before even entering office, for Pete's sake.

  • Tony Martin

    Pakistan is still upset that Obama infiltrated their sovereignty to pursue and kill Bin Laden. It was a bold move that could have easily backfired in his face, and if it had, no doubt Romney would be using it today against the president.

  • BenAu

    As an Aussie, the above results do not shock me at all. The foreign policy debate may have been considered a non-event by the horse-race-obsessed pundits the other night, but – strangely enough – to those of us outside of the US, it’s the crucial issue for how we assess your leaders.

    We got swept up in Iraq and Afghanistan. We got slapped in the face by the GFC. We all will wear the consequences if the Middle East or Asia gets volatile. And we know that only the US has the influence and military to either inflame or dampen serious global events.

    Regardles of our personal idealogies, we look at the timbre of the President’s leadership when we consider the office bearer. President Obama’s tact, thoughtfulness and steady hand reassure us while Romney promises GWB’s hamfistedness all over again.

  • Victor_the_Crab

    The world hates Republicans.

  • D_C_Wilson

    It’s interesting that UK rates Obama so highly, given that every few months, Fox and hate radio resurrects the zombie story about how he irreparably damaged our relations by returning a bust of Winston Churchill that had been loaned to Bush.

  • http://twitter.com/KQuark KQµårk™

    Pakistan likes Romney because instead of getting OBL he would have told the Pakistani authorities so they could warn OBL about the operation beforehand.

  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    This should be a cold-cock slap in the face to American mainstrem media.

  • jeanne marie

    Hmm. After all the pandering last night, I wonder who Israel likes best?

  • justintimeDS

    So does that mean if Romney were to win we would essentially be the laughing stock of the World? How’s that for American exceptionalism
    BTW Rightwing nutbags think it is very significant that socialist leaders lik Chavez have publicly endorsed Obama as if that confirms their suspicion that Obama is the worlds biggest socialist. What dumbasses….

  • http://twitter.com/Zirgar Zirgar

    There’s something fishy about that graph; it shows Romney’s highest approval is in Kenya. Clearly proving Obama is, in fact, a Kenyan.

  • http://twitter.com/Zirgar Zirgar

    Using wingnut logic, if the rest of the world is against Romney, that means he’s saying and doing the right things, therefore he should be president.

    PS–From now on I promise to read all the other comments before I post one of my own. Sorry for ripping off your comment, Brutlyhonest.

    • D_C_Wilson

      But sadly, it’s very true. The right has become so xenophobic that the fact that Romney insulted our allies in Great Britain and Poland was considered a plus for him.

  • bluesborn

    See the rest of the planet doesn’t have Fox News telling them what to think on a daily up to the minute basis.

    • Brutlyhonest

      It wouldn’t be as bad if it was just faux news, but the rest of the corporate media lets the murdoch/ailes team drive the narrative.

      Also, too: Most of the rest of the “free” world has regulation to ensure broadcasts called news are factual. See Canada refusing to grant Murdoch a license to broadcast a faux equivalent.

      • http://drangedinaz.wordpress.com/ IrishGrrrl

        Why TF can’t we do that then?

        • Ned F


        • Brutlyhonest

          lack of political intestinal fortitude.

  • bphoon

    He keeps going and he’ll be almost as popular around the world as GW Bush pretty soon.

  • rob black

    I am starting to feel like agent Smith in the last Matrix movie: “I saw this, you were there…and I said something??”.
    By any reasonable viewing of this election cycle, at this stage, Romney / Ryan shouldn’t just be behind, they should be politically dead.
    His own stupid and or lunatic opponents in the primaries exposed him repeatedly. When he emerged from the world’s tallest midget contest, he embarked on what will be remembered by historians as the single most stumbling, contradictory, mistake prone Presidential campaign in modern times.
    It seemed as if he were trying to wear down the media and the electorate with cognitive dissonance. Walking back entire policy positions in a shortening spiral, culminating in actual paragraphs and sentences which took opposing views. His own surrogates must be exhausted from trying to articulate a single coherent thought from anything he has ever uttered.
    On the other side, Obama and his team have been as consistent as is possible for a modern President. He has taken everything they have thrown at him, and still managed to somehow eke out an economic recovery from the abysmal state it had been flogged in to over the previous eight years. His deft nuanced foreign policy has elevated us from the most hated country on earth, to once again being perceived in most quarters as the champion of the values put forth at our founding. As a politician, he is articulate, cool, unflappable and as knowledgeable on any and all issues as any President in my lifetime.
    Why then is this race looking like it is? If there is not some major poll movement in the President’s direction in the next few days….somebody should call the worlds biggest instance of “Shenanigans !”. ……or we really are living in the fucking Matrix…

    P.S. forgot to mention this:

    “[I]t’s widely reported that drones are being used in drone strikes,” – Mitt Romney

    “My cats breath smells like cat food”- Ralph Wigum

    Really America? Really?

    • bphoon

      The race is as close as it is for, I think, two reasons: 1) The right is particularly expert at whipping up fear and hatred amongst their most passionate (read: radical) supporters, and 2) the media just can’t live without a tight horse race to pump up ratings.

      • villemar

        The problem is, though, a vast segment of our population (up to a half) do not primarily make decisions on a rational basis. What is obvious and self-evident to us is suppressed or denied by the subconcious and unconcious fears and desires of a great many people. I don’t think it’s just straight-up idiocy (though there are plenty of idiots), I think it’s deeper than that.

        To continue Rob Blacks’ reference, the Merovingian was partially right: “Beneath our poised appearance we are completely…out of control.”

      • http://drangedinaz.wordpress.com/ IrishGrrrl

        You’re forgetting there are far too many who can’t stand to see a black man in the Oval Office (which is probably tied to #1, but it deserves its own place in the list). FYI, an African American woman in Louisiana was set on fire and her car spray painted with KKK because she had the audacity to wear an Obama shirt. The natives are getting restless.

    • stacib23

      “[I]t’s widely reported that drones are being used in drone strikes,” – Mitt Romney

      I liked “George Bush and I are two different people”. You wanted to say get the fuck outta here.

    • http://drangedinaz.wordpress.com/ IrishGrrrl

      “When he emerged from the world’s tallest midget contest…”


  • Ned F

    But this is good, right? We want them to fear the boss right? keep them in their place? France I don’t understand, Romney loves France so much he tried to convert them.

    • D_C_Wilson

      Maybe they remember him from that.

    • nasani

      I don’t know whether you’ve noticed this phenomena: people who know Mitt Romney intimately are also the ones who dislike him the most. The people of Massachusetts are a good example.

  • Brutlyhonest

    First, that other countries “hate” the US is considered a positive in wingnut circles.

    Next, that Pakistanis would want another right-winger in office shouldn’t surprise anyone. Don’t forget that a republican president funneled money to the ISI and created what became Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Then, another republican president funneled money to the Pakistani dictator (but don’t call him dictator) while refusing to pursue high value targets the ISI was hiding in Pakistan.

    It’s a very tangled, complicated web in that region. As usual, the wingnuts have made it worse while helping despots thrive.

  • ElayneB

    Unfortunately for Mitt the poll in Pakistan was taken before he said “sure what the hell” to the drone strikes.