Europeans like Hillary for President

More than four in 10 French and Germans would like to see Democratic candidate and former first lady Hillary Clinton elected US president in 2008, a survey by a Canadian pollster showed on Wednesday.

The Angus Reid institute also found Clinton to be the preferred candidate of British, Italian and Canadian respondents to its poll, which asked them to choose between eight of the US politicians running for the nomination.

The New York senator, who also leads the domestic polls for her party’s nomination to run for the White House — aiming to become the first female US president ever — was most popular in Germany, with 45.5 percent support.

Her support stood at 44 percent in France, 39 percent in Canada, 35 percent in Italy and 29 percent in Britain. The 5,075 respondents were offered a choice of four Democratic and four opposition Republican candidates.

Clinton’s nearest challenger for the Democrat nomination, Senator Barack Obama, was second most popular among Canadians, Germans and the French, while Italians and Britons preferred Republican Rudolf Giuliani, the ex-mayor of New York.

But these two candidates had much smaller backing than Clinton — Obama had highest support in Canada with 13 percent, while Giuliani had his top score of 17 percent in Italy, the home country of his grandparents.

The polling institute said Clinton, wife of former president Bill Clinton, had such a high rating because she is the best-known candidate.

Other candidates, such as Democrat John Edwards, third in domestic US polls, and Republican John McCain and Mitt Romney, had less than three percent backing from those surveyed.

Half of respondents in Britain did not know which candidate they would back. This figure was lowest in Canada at just over a quarter.

Debates and campaigns are already underway in the United States, with the first party primary votes to select nominees for the presidential race due to start in early 2008.


  1. Bill Robinson

    Yes. Send her there. Maybe she can drum up support for the Iraq debacle. Just leave her there.


  2. RSW

    So four out of ten (forty percent) is strong support. I guess the twenty odd percent for GWB means we (just) support him, don’t we?


  3. JoyfulC

    Really, isn’t it too early to decide?

    I can see Clinton’s appeal, though. She exemplifies strength coupled with humility, and the ability to come back from a major embarrassment — exactly what the world wants to see from the US right now. Nobody wants to see the US forfeit its position of world leadership, in spite of its recent bad acts, because the alternatives are unknown, unstable or undesirable. But the US can’t continue on this trajectory and maintain its leadership position. The next president needs to be someone who has demonstrated skill in coming back from a fall from grace, and Clinton is the only one who has that on her resume.

    The other thing that’s both a plus and a minus is that Clinton is a politician, through and through. By that, I mean she’s slimey enough to be accepted by and work with other slimey politicians, domestically and internationally. Let’s face it, the thing politicians the world over fear most is an honest man — and so they’ll never let an honest man succeed in politics.

    I think we need to be wary of candidates who buy our votes with ideas that might be very appealing, but which won’t be very do-able. We need to be especially clear-eyed right now about what we can actually achieve and what we need most. Right now, it seems to me that the #1 priority for the US is to bring all extremes towards the middle and achieve better balance and mutual respect between Americans themselves. Without this, we are hog-tied to accomplish anything else, including defending against terrorism and promoting stability in troubled areas of the world.

  4. bryan mcclellan

    I can dismiss the Europeans opinion,but the Canadians I thought were an informed society(if you overlook gun confiscation).I would speculate then that they had a bumper crop of Gonjo this year as they are high enough to hunt ducks with a garden rake.As for the Europeans,You don’t know Billary like we know Billary.