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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
- 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
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
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.
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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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