On June 10th we launched IfTheWorldCouldVote.com, a website where people of the world gets an opportunity to vote for the next president of the United States. As of today we've got 755,206 votes from 211 countries world wide. That's almost every single country in the world.
And the world has spoken. With the exception of two countries, Albania and Macedonia, the world votes for Barack Obama. The results are not to be mistaken, 86.9% of the world votes for Barack Obama and 13.1% votes for John McCain.
But it's an internet poll, it's not like it's scientific. Maybe. But it's not to be ignored either. While it may not reflect the view of the entire worlds population, it does reflect the views of all Internet users of the world. You want to know what the results where 500.000 votes ago? Just about the same. Even though hundreds of thousands of votes have been added from hundreds of countries, the results have been very stable, swinging less then 1%. Other Internet polls have been showing very similar results, though none of them is anywhere near our poll in size.
Why does the world care?
Because the president of the United States has a significant impact economically and politically on the whole world. It makes a difference whether it is Barack Obama or John McCain. Also for the people out there.
What do the result mean for the US?
This is important. The world wants Barack Obama, not John McCain. And now I'll explain why. It's not because the world wants a weaker US so that the world can win and the US lose. The world doesn't work that way. The world wants a leader that is willing to cooperate with other nations. That is likely to reach agreements with other countries. That is more likely to do something about climate changes. That is more likely to create more international stability and peace instead of moving us closer to a new cold war like Bush has done. And the world is unanimous on this (except Macedonia and that is because Obama took a stand with Greece on the Macedonian name dispute, not because McCain is popular there).
America used to be a symbol of democracy, of freedom, of the good in the world. That image has been shattered under the Bush administration. What IfTheWorldCouldVote.com is showing you is that John McCain will not be able to repair the damage done to brand America internationally. John McCain will not be able to restore the good stand America had in the world. But Obama can!
The world has faith in Obama, and that he will again revive the America we used to look up to.
Today is the big day. If you can vote, vote for a better world. A better world for Americans and a better world for the rest of us.
ps. what do I know? Though I may not be an established expert in this, I do have my masters degree in Political Science, specializing in "Diplomacy, conflict resolution and peace negotiations". I also used to run a company specializing in Internet surveys so I know a thing or to about how to make them as accurate as possible.