More fun from The Economist: for a conservative, capitalist magazine, its readership is showing a surprising love for reputed liberal Marxist Barack Obama. The Economist has created a fun online poll, the "Global Electoral College," where they apply the U.S. Electoral College to the entire globe and count votes by country. It's a winner-take-all system: if a majority of online voters from Nigeria prefer McCain (ho ho ho), McCain gets all of Nigeria's electoral votes.
The poll results so far (as of 2o08.10.04 17:15 CDT):
- McCain: 16
- Obama: 8375
Every other country in the poll prefers Obama, and usually prefers Obama big time. Obama is winning all but two of his countries by over 60%, which is generally considered a landslide.
Now as Lorin Larsen at KJAM is learning, online polls are more fun than meaningful (and when his Republican friends keep losing them, that should be comforting).
Is Obama's big lead just all those darn Web-savvy Obamaniac college kids? Is it every other country in the world trying to trick us so they can pounce and dismantle the American empire? Or could it be that at least several thousand relatively intelligent Economist readers take an honest look at the choice before us Americans and conclude that Barack Obama would make a darn good President?