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79% of Irish people back president Obama, while only 5% want Romney to win the election according to a new poll.

Poll shows vast majority back Obama - The Irish Times - Mon, Oct 22, 2012

THE VAST majority of Irish voters want Barack Obama to win the US presidential election in less than three weeks time, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll. It shows a tiny level of support among the electorate for Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

When asked who they would support if they had a vote in the US election, 79 per cent of respondents said Obama while just 5 per cent opted for Romney and 16 per cent had no opinion.

The survey was undertaken last Monday and Tuesday among a representative sample of 1,000 voters aged 18 and over, in face-to-face interviews at 100 sampling points in all constituencies. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 per cent.

Fine Gael voters give twice as much support to Romney than supporters of any other party but, even so, 81 per cent of them would prefer to see an Obama victory.

Labour voters are the least likely to back the Republican challenger, with just 3 per cent of them in his camp. Better-off AB voters are twice as likely to support Mr Romney as those in the poorest DE socio-economic category, but again the level of support for Obama in both groups is overwhelming.

Support for the incumbent is consistent across all age groups with a slight dip in the over-65s, who are more likely than any other age category to back Romney.

Overwhelming support among voters for the Democratic Party candidate is due in part to the historical associations between the party and this country as well as a clear preference for Obama over Romney.

While Irish-American voters are no longer nearly as supportive of the Democrats as they were in the past, the view from this side of the Atlantic has not changed.

The response of the Irish public to visits from Democratic presidents John F Kennedy, Bill Clinton and Obama was in stark contrast to the muted reception afforded to Republicans Richard Nixon and George W Bush.

Ronald Reagan, who secured a significant proportion of Irish American vote, received a slightly better reception in Ireland than other Republican presidents. But he also attracted considerable hostility over American foreign policy.

One of those who led the anti-Reagan protests was President Michael D Higgins.

Originally posted to Frank Schnittger on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 08:48 AM PDT.

Also republished by Shamrock American Kossacks.


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  •  is this where I get to insert an Irish joke (5+ / 0-)

    and say my dear Irish relatives are confused and think they are supporting O'bama for President?

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 08:55:52 AM PDT

  •  The Irish are a very enlightened people (2+ / 0-)
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    Frank Schnittger, letsgetreal

    I remember a few pints hoisted in his name in Dublin's pubs in late 2008.  The President is hugely popular throughout most of Europe.

  •  Scots also (5+ / 0-)

    My husband and I were traveling in Italy during the first two weeks of October. We didn't meet any Irish, but we did talk to several Scots who were very interested in the election. And all were very supportive of Obama.

    We were riding the SITA bus that runs along the Amalfi coast when a conversation started behind us between a guy from Scotland and a woman from Boston. He started asking her about the election and how Obama would do. This woman went into a rant saying, "I am a Romney girl and I hope Obama is defeated."  When the guy from Scotland expressed his surprise, she said "Well, you should try living in Obama's America. It is awful."  At this point, I piped up with a loud voice and said, "Not everyone in American feels that way." She obviously didn't expect that and said maybe it would be best to change the subject.

    Romney girl got off at the next stop and so my husband and I started talking to the guy from Scotland. I said, "Don't you feel sorry for that poor woman. Things are so bad in America under Obama that she had to come to the Amalfi coast and spend thousands of dollars to escape."  He laughed and said he thinks all of Europe is very concerned about the election.  I was amazed at how knowledgeable he was about issues, especially when he said, "If Romney is elected there will be a war with Iran within 6 months and all of Europe will get sucked into it."

    This was just one example. We were questioned by Italians constantly about our views on the election. When she found out we were from America, one waitress raised her hand in the sign of victory and said, "" Made us feel great to know that Europeans understand.  

    " a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy." Matt Taibbi

    by Getreal1246 on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 09:22:25 AM PDT

  •  Nor surprised (2+ / 0-)
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    Frank Schnittger, artmartin

    Even socially conservative Irish people like my mother think Romney would be a disaster.

  •  The rest of the world must have already (3+ / 0-)
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    Frank Schnittger, Contra, artmartin

    scratched their heads to the point of baldness, wondering why the fuck this race is even close.

    "A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and me?" - Don Van Vliet

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 09:45:28 AM PDT

  •  because there's noone as irish as barack o'bama! (3+ / 0-)
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    Bush Bites, Frank Schnittger, marykk

  •  O'bama, please. nt (1+ / 0-)
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    Frank Schnittger

    Show us your tax returns !!!!!!

    by Bush Bites on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 10:39:46 AM PDT

  •  This staggers me... (3+ / 0-)

    Needless to say there are a lot of us in this country who are political nerds and have been following your elections for a long time. Our crippled, priest-ridden Civil War politics has always led those of who would qualify as true progressives(dare I say 'socialist'?) to look outside our country for true definition of electoral politics for the struggle between those who want to help society and those who want to help those who would only help themselves. Britain was always the standard we used; the advent of Tony Bliar (sic??) has muddled the watered there. Cameron or Miliband? Well, it's not like the parties and their viewpoints are those of Thatcher and Benn....I miss those days.

    America was always the bigger picture. Notwithstanding the uncomfortable history of the Dixiecrats and Blue dogs, there was never any need for a degree in rocket science to figure out who one should support. I have followed elections since 1976-and how those quadrennial seasons have often been depressing ones. You don't have to be American to look at this from the perspective of America. It has always affected the world, yes but progressive beliefs are progressive beliefs. Society exists to help people-or it doesn't, depending on your opinion. I must confess, like many of my generation, to a lot of disappointment in Clinton who I feel was too much of a schmoozer and compromiser whose DLC ideas have always grated with me. Glass-Steagall Repeal and Welfare to Work...hmmmm. Oh, he's loved in Ireland but for selfish, provincial reasons. That's other people's decisions....

    I believed in Obama, maybe it was a Tweety thing. But he seemed real. I backed him in the primaries against a candidate who to me it seemed had sold herself in 2000 as "NOT her husband" and played just a littleon the sympathy vote. By 2008 that same husband was campaigning for her and she was back to the "buy one, get one free" meme of '92. Seeing other DLC'ers (ESP Harold Ford)back her switched me off big time. We all-those of interested enough-watched from afar. I can only describe my feeling on his election as ecstasy(watching it in the Big Apple with family there). I can recall my late mother wishing fervently all year he would win, saying how he had more than just a sense of JFK and MLK about him(and she with no interest in politics but deeply disliking both Reagan and Nixon, two "Irish-Americans"). In a way I'm glad she will not see what I fear will happen in two weeks, just as she didn't see the bile that man has been subject to since he took office. I don't blame him for the "failures" of the last four years....

    I have to tell you that is the case with EVERYONE I have met. People here are scratching their heads at the possibility that a shameless, arrogant, self-important, shifty, contemptuous chameleon like Rmoney could actually win this. There are a few wackos on political websites here but they are mostly degenerates who think the poor should be flogged and Ron Paul can save the world....most people on that site think they are American Libertarian/Republicans masquerading as Irish....

    To return to my mainpoint before the rant, tthis percentage figure staggers me. Not the 79%...but the 5%. I cannot see this anywhere among people even vaguely engaged. To most people here who are following it he is a bad, bad portend of the future. And if you think opinion is bad here, try Britain. Boris Johnson said it for them during the summer.

    End of formless and long rant :-)

  •  Most of the world... (2+ / 0-)
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    Frank Schnittger, marykk

    feel that same way about President Obama.  r-Money is seen as a fool, which he is.  With his temper and inability to take constructive criticism, I can't see him a meeting with other world leaders and getting anything beneficial  done.

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