Barack Obama an easy victor if the rest of the world could vote, according to a poll by eight international newspapers



    MONTREAL, Oct. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Barack Obama would score a crushing
victory if the rest of the planet could vote. That's according to the results
of a major worldwide poll conducted by eight international newspapers in which
residents of Canada, France, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Switzerland, Great Britain
and Belgium answered a series of questions on the November 4th election and on
their perception of the United States.
    In each of the eight countries polled, Obama would win hands down,
beginning with Switzerland, where the senator from Illinois picks up
83 percent of support as against only 7 percent for John McCain.
    Canada is the second of the eight countries where Obama can count on the
biggest number of fans: 70 percent of Canadians would vote for the Democratic
candidate in the presidential election. His Republican rival would have to
settle for 14 percent. The country in which McCain is most popular is Poland,
which supported George W. Bush's war in Iraq. But even there, Obama's lead is
virtually insurmountable at 17 percentage points.
    And the majority of respondents hoped to see the withdrawal of American
troops from Iraq in the coming year ahead. Mexicans are the most impatient,
with 68 percent in favour of an accelerated exit from Iraq, followed by the
French (63 percent), the Poles (58 percent), the Swiss (57 percent) and the
Canadians (53 percent).
    Moreover, perceptibly put off by the adventure in Iraq, a large number of
inhabitants of the countries surveyed feel that the U.S. president elected in
November must exclude the possibility of a military intervention in Iran.

    Complete results are available online at www.cyberpresse.ca/week-end.

    About La Presse

    Canada's leading French-language national newspaper, La Presse serves a
readership of 815,900. Based in Montreal, La Presse has correspondents in New
York, Los Angeles and Paris. La Presse is owned by Gesca, a subsidiary of
Power Corporation of Canada (TSX: POW).




For further information:

For further information: To obtain an interview about the surveys and
the results: Caroline Jamet, Vice-président, Communications, (514) 285-7119,
Mobile: (514) 236-7119, cjamet@lapresse.ca

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