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Eighteen Latin American Countries Prefer Obama: Poll


"According to the Latinobarómetro 2008 survey, which covered 18 countries in the region, when asked about which candidate would be more advantageous for Latin America, 29 percent of people prefer Democrat Barack Obama and only 8 percent Republican John McCain. …"


Translated By Halszka Czarnocka


October 27, 2008


Uruguay - Observa - Original Article (Spanish)

Forty one percent of Uruguayans prefer the Democratic candidate to win the presidential election, while only 6 percent believe it would be better for his Republican rival John McCain to win.


The majority of Latin Americans, 57 percent, know little or nothing about the U.S. presidential election, but a modest plurality of 29 percent think that Democrat Barack Obama would be better for the region.


These are the results of the Latinobarómetro 2008 survey [], which included three questions about the U.S. election, and which were released today by the Santiago de Chile-based institution. The complete results of Latinobarómetro will be published by mid-November, said Marta Lagos, the director of the organization.


While 57 percent say they know little or nothing about the U.S. election, 40 percent say they know something, according to the results of the survey, which covered 18 countries in the region. Between 1000 and 1200 people over the age of eighteen were interviewed in each country, and the poll had a margin of error between 2.8 and 3 percent.


The country that is most knowledgeable about the election is the Dominican Republic, with 60 percent, followed by Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and El Salvador with 50 percent, while the nation with the least knowledge is Paraguay, with 22 percent.


Asked about which candidate would be more advantageous for Latin America, 29 percent prefer Democrat Barack Obama and only 8 percent Republican John McCain. Another 29 percent think it doesn’t matter, 31 percent don’t know and 2 percent didn't respond.


In the Dominican Republic, 52 percent prefer Obama; in Costa Rica its 43 percent, in Uruguay and Brazil 41 percent, in Argentina 36 percent, in Chile 32 percent, in Mexico 29 percent, in Paraguay, Ecuador and Colombia 27 percent, in Venezuela 26 percent, in Peru 23 percent and in El Salvador 22 percent. The numbers go down to 18 percent in Nicaragua and Panama, 17 percent in Bolivia and 16 percent in Guatemala and Honduras.


McCain, for his part, is preferred by 19 percent in Colombia, 16 percent in El Salvador, 11 percent in Mexico, 10 percent in Brazil, 9 percent in Honduras and 8 percent in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Venezuela; 7 percent in Ecuador and 6 percent in Panama, Paraguay, Chile, Uruguay and Nicaragua; by 5 percent in Bolivia, 4 percent in Peru and only 3 percent in Argentina. 



As for the attention that the new U.S. president will pay to Latin America, the answers vary a lot, with 39 percent of Dominicans who think he will pay more attention, an opinion shared by 31 percent in Brazil and 29 percent in Costa Rica and Uruguay.


At the other extreme are Honduras, Bolivia and El Salvador, with only 14 percent who share that view, while in Guatemala and Panama, those who think he will pay more attention are at 15 percent, in Peru at 16 percent, in Chile and Ecuador at 19 percent, at 21 percent in Nicaragua, 24 percent in Argentina and Paraguay, 25 percent in Colombia and 27 percent in Venezuela and Mexico.


Those who think the new president will pay less attention to Latin America constitute 44 percent of Argentines and Mexicans, 41 percent of Salvadorans and 40 percent of Chileans. In Costa Rica, 39 percent think he'll pay less attention, 35 percent in Honduras and 32 percent in Uruguay, with 30 percent in Guatemala and Bolivia, 29 percent in Ecuador and Dominican Republic, 28 percent in Venezuela and Panama, 24 percent in Paraguay and 23 percent in Nicaragua.





































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