With just two weeks to go before the presidential election, polls show a small lead for Hillary Clinton nationally and virtual ties in several swing states. But a new poll has asked residents in other countries which presidential candidate they prefer. The results are not very surprising.
Russians prefer Donald Trump, according to the survey by Pollfish. Forty-eight percent of Russians would rather vote for Trump, while just 15 percent would like Clinton to be president. Trump has praised Russia’s Vladimir Putin and said he wants to work with Putin if he is elected. This may help explain his popularity in Russia.
Unsurprisingly, Mexicans overwhelmingly favor Hillary Clinton. The poll found 96 percent of Mexicans want Clinton to be the next president. Trump’s rhetoric about building a border wall with Mexico and somehow forcing the Mexican government to pay for it has angered Mexican citizens and earned rebukes from Mexican politicians.
For the most part, the rest of the world thinks Clinton would make relations with the US better than Trump. Russia bucks the trend. Russians also believe Trump will win the election. Most of the world thinks Trump will lose in November.
Earlier surveys showed Clinton is the preferred candidate among Israelis, Canadians and those living in western Europe. Support from Russians will do little to boost Trump’s image as a threat to America’s relationship with the rest of the world.