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Where I'm Clicking Now: Global Electoral College

Where I'm Clicking Now: Global Electoral College

The Economist polled the world to find out who would win the US election if the result depended on a global electoral college. The results so far: Obama would win 9,103 votes to McCain's 163. The poll gives every country a minimum of three votes, and then allocates additional votes based on the proportion of the world's 6.5 billion voting population located in each country.

The methodology becomes less than scientific after that, as those visiting the website to vote make up the sample. Once a country has more than 10 votes, the results get added to the map. As of now, Afghanistan and Iran are strong Obama countries, while Iraq's 43 electoral votes seem secure in the McCain column. Macedonia is the only country in Europe leaning McCain right now, in addition to a few countries in Africa.

The fact that the world is painted solid blue hints that the international media must have painted Obama in a positive light. It also provides evidence that a President Obama could help make the American brand internationally popular again.

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ceej ceej 7 years
Our dollar is always weak against all major overseas currency so I suppose we've just gotten used to that and travelled regardless. I was in NY and Florida in Feb/March this year and for the first time in about 20 years it was almost dollar for dollar. Incredible! We get about 45 pence for every one of our dollars in the UK and the Euro is just as bad if not worse. I have always travelled and have lived in the UK and America. As far as distance is concerned, driving from one side of Australia to the other would take about a week. Your country is bigger but we have nothing in the middle, just desert!!!!
ceej ceej 7 years
Our dollar is always weak against all major overseas currency so I suppose we've just gotten used to that and travelled regardless.I was in NY and Florida in Feb/March this year and for the first time in about 20 years it was almost dollar for dollar. Incredible!We get about 45 pence for every one of our dollars in the UK and the Euro is just as bad if not worse. I have always travelled and have lived in the UK and America. As far as distance is concerned, driving from one side of Australia to the other would take about a week.Your country is bigger but we have nothing in the middle, just desert!!!!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
ceej, I wish I could say I heard more about "global news" but unfortunately we don't (and I assuming most people don't, unless you are REALLY into watching the news). Maybe it's because this historic presidential election is taking so much of our airwaves? I don't know. In response to your earlier comment, most people don't travel outside of the U.S. for many reasons. First of all, European countries are much smaller and closer together, thereby making it easier for you to visit several nations in a shorter amount of time. I think it was a 3 1/2 hour train ride for me to go from London to Paris on the Eurostar. If you took a train in CA that only lasted 3 hours, you probably wouldn't get out of the state. And from where I live, its about an about 8 hours to the Mexican border or a 14-15 hour drive to Canada in the opposite direction. But probably the most important reason is that the US dollar doesn't mean sh*t in most countries anymore. When I went to England, everything was twice as expensive and in France and Italy, it was 1/3 times more expensive. I barely got by on $500 American dollars in 12 days (but I only had to pay for lunches and souvenirs, etc - I was on a tour).
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
ceej, I wish I could say I heard more about "global news" but unfortunately we don't (and I assuming most people don't, unless you are REALLY into watching the news). Maybe it's because this historic presidential election is taking so much of our airwaves? I don't know.In response to your earlier comment, most people don't travel outside of the U.S. for many reasons. First of all, European countries are much smaller and closer together, thereby making it easier for you to visit several nations in a shorter amount of time. I think it was a 3 1/2 hour train ride for me to go from London to Paris on the Eurostar. If you took a train in CA that only lasted 3 hours, you probably wouldn't get out of the state. And from where I live, its about an about 8 hours to the Mexican border or a 14-15 hour drive to Canada in the opposite direction. But probably the most important reason is that the US dollar doesn't mean sh*t in most countries anymore. When I went to England, everything was twice as expensive and in France and Italy, it was 1/3 times more expensive. I barely got by on $500 American dollars in 12 days (but I only had to pay for lunches and souvenirs, etc - I was on a tour).
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 7 years
*considering
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 7 years
*considering
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 7 years
I'm seriously considered immigrating to Denamark, Spain, Germany, UK, Sweden or Japan in a few years and have been researching intensively during the summer. The European countries have such, to my tiny little head, a complicated post monarch ministry system. Even with the help of my foreign exchange friends I have a hard time following...
True-Song True-Song 7 years
Almost six months! I had heard stories like that. In contrast, I think mine took two weeks.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
TS, yes there was a huge influx of passports in early 2007 because of the new laws about crossing the border to Mexico and Canada. I applied for a passport in late January in order to receive it in time for my trip to Europe in mid-June of that year. When did I receive it? Two weeks before I left for my trip. I didn't find out until later why it took so long.
ceej ceej 7 years
I blame Rupert Murdoch (and I can, he's Australian) Incredible control freak with what gets reported by his outlets. I thought after Sept 11 your news agencies were going to make an effort to be more global?
ceej ceej 7 years
I blame Rupert Murdoch (and I can, he's Australian) Incredible control freak with what gets reported by his outlets.I thought after Sept 11 your news agencies were going to make an effort to be more global?
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
"It's interesting that they seem to know a lot about American politics and we don't hear that much about other nations' political systems." Yep yep--seconded!
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
"It's interesting that they seem to know a lot about American politics and we don't hear that much about other nations' political systems."Yep yep--seconded!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
I'm not really surprised by this news. I've heard from many people in several different countries around the world that they would vote Obama. It's interesting that they seem to know a lot about American politics and we don't hear that much about other nations' political systems.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
I'm not really surprised by this news. I've heard from many people in several different countries around the world that they would vote Obama. It's interesting that they seem to know a lot about American politics and we don't hear <i>that</i> much about other nations' political systems.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Coming in a bit late to the party, but I don't think the language issue most people have is about their kids learning them, it's about government documents etc. in them. At least that is what I've heard.
True-Song True-Song 7 years
Hmm. That's a tough one. I guess you'd normally have your id or license with you, too. I traveled one time with only a paper, temporary license with no photo. It was such a pain in the arse.
Michelann Michelann 7 years
TS, I got the picture for mine done when I was 17 or 18, and now it doesn't look like me. It's not particularly flattering, either, but I could get over that. I just don't want my passport questioned!
True-Song True-Song 7 years
I was bummed because the guy gave me a choice of two pictures but he put in the one I didn't like. So now I'm stuck with it for ten years, because it's definitely not worth the $80 or whatever to redo it. (PS wow my spelling is awful today)
Michelann Michelann 7 years
Well I'm glad I've got my passport, then!
True-Song True-Song 7 years
Yes. I just googled it, I guess all the rules will be in place bye June 1, 2009. I guess there may be "enhanced" driver's licenses that may be able to sub in for land crossings. There was, I believe, a rush to get passports when they first started talking about this almost two years ago. (I lived in a border state ten, I recall it being on the news a lot.)
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 7 years
Thats what I was thinking. What a cool right of passage.
indielove indielove 7 years
"Traditionally they travel to the UK but the visa has now been extended to the US so you can expect an influx of young Australians waiting on your table in the near future!" VERY awesome. :D
indielove indielove 7 years
"Traditionally they travel to the UK but the visa has now been extended to the US so you can expect an influx of young Australians waiting on your table in the near future!"VERY awesome. :D
Michelann Michelann 7 years
Well I bet we'll see at least a slight increase in passport numbers when that change takes effect. Is it a Homeland Security thing?
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