by Larry Smith
With only a week to go before the election, Barack Obama has taken a significant lead over John McCain among American voters. But in the rest of the world he has been a shoo-in for months.
In Europe, millions of disenfranchised voters are eagerly awaiting the end of the reviled Bush regime, which is likely to go down in history as America's most unsuccessful presidency.
Last month, the annual transatlantic trends survey said 69 per cent of Europeans favoured Obama over McCain, and almost half expected US relations with Europe to improve if Obama is elected. And we won't even mention the fervent support for the Illinois senator among Bahamians.
According to a poll last summer by the London Daily Telegraph, more people in France, Germany and Britain view the United States as a “force for evil” than for good in the world - an unfortunate sentiment that is the result of eight years of in-your-face unilateralism under President George W. Bush.
This year's Pew survey of global attitudes (which polled more than 24,000 people in 24 countries) found a widespread belief that US foreign policy "will change for the better" after the inauguration of a new president next year. And people are much more confident in Obama to do the right thing regarding world affairs.