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By Mike Killale, Editor & Publisher

Your favorite for the next president of the United States depends in large part on your geography. A shamelessly unscientific survey of DC’s readers worldwide by eNews from DrillingContractor.org found topsy-turvy results between North American readers and those elsewhere in the world.

However, a strong minority (averaging 14% globally) suggested that neither John McCain nor Barack Obama is a good choice. Or, as the bluntly worded survey expressed it, “A donkey would be better.” The proportion of Donkey voters was actually highest in Europe, followed closely by the USA, where some one in six respondents demurred from championing either of the two major candidates.

DC readers tell us their US presidential preferences

If you are a DC & eNews reader in the US or Canada, you are more than 11 times more likely to favor John McCain as the next American president, according to our snapshot survey. In Europe, the European Donkey vote (17%) ranked second after Barack Obama (72%), easily edging out Mr McCain, whose supporters ranked only in the mid-single digits (6%).

The Donkey consensus was pretty striking globally among our readers, standing at 16% in the US, 13% in Canada and 17% in Europe. Only in Latin America did readers seem to believe that one candidate or the other would perform well. Actually, about 18% of Latin Americans shrugged and said both were equally qualified and equally competent to serve. (Overall, the “either will do well” selection came in at a paltry 3%.)

This pundit was somewhat surprised, actually, that Mr McCain did not score higher among US voters. True, the US Donkey vote (16%) edged out the 13% US showing for Mr Obama. But better than one in 10 US Obama supporters is striking, considering the conservative folk who populate our distinguished industry.

Our survey was dominated by US readers, so that the overall picture favors Mr McCain by 54% to 26% for Mr Obama.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this eNews survey.

 

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