View Full Version : John Kerry storms to victory in virtual vote

2nd November 04, 02:32 PM
Well, it's obvious who the rest of the world wants to win. I wonder how reality will stack up to virtuality.


John Kerry storms to victory in virtual vote

Mon Nov 1, 8:56 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters) - The virtual vote is in -- Democratic challenger John Kerry (news - web sites) has won a landslide victory over President George W. Bush (news - web sites) in a global sample of the world's opinion on the race for the White House.

More than 113,000 people from 119 countries made their choice at www.globalvote2004.org, handing Kerry a crushing win with 77 percent of the vote, a spokesman for the website said on Monday.

Third party candidates, including independent Ralph Nader (news - web sites), took nearly 14 percent of the vote, while Bush garnered a mere nine percent.

The results, a non-official tally of the world's view of the closely-fought presidential race, were released a day before Americans go to the polls in the real vote.

Polls in the United States reveal a dead heat between Bush and Kerry, but surfers who had their say at Globalvote leaned strongly towards the challenger:

"Iraq (news - web sites) was one of the few countries where Bush actually won and the Middle East voted 37 percent for Bush compared to a world average of 9.1 percent," a spokesman for the website said.

"We're not trying to tell Americans how to vote, we're just giving them feedback from the rest of the world. The outcome of the real vote affects non-US citizens enormously in the post-9/11 age," he added.

Globalvote is a non-partisan, London-based website and not sponsored by any political party, its creators said.