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(04/21/08) -

Pakistanis Want Democrats to Win U.S. Election

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many people in Pakistan would like the Democratic Party to win the upcoming presidential election in the United States, according to a poll by Gallup Pakistan. 37 per cent of respondents would rather have a Democrat in the White House, while 13 per cent would prefer the Republican nominee to win.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many people in Pakistan would like the Democratic Party to win the upcoming presidential election in the United States, according to a poll by Gallup Pakistan. 37 per cent of respondents would rather have a Democrat in the White House, while 13 per cent would prefer the Republican nominee to win.

When asked who they would vote for if they could take part in the U.S. presidential election, 30 per cent of respondents mention New York senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, 14 per cent would back Illinois senator Barack Obama, and eight per cent would support Arizona senator John McCain.

McCain has become the presumptive Republican Party presidential nominee in 2008, while Rodham Clinton and Obama are seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination.

Pakistan is an ally in the U.S.-led war on terror. Washington has given close to $10.5 billion U.S. in military and economic aid to Pakistan since 2002.

Earlier this month, Obama criticized the current U.S. administration’s policy towards Pakistan, saying, "There is a sizable middle class [in Pakistan] that believes in rule of law and believes in a government that is accountable to the people. (…) Our willingness to put all our eggs in the [Pakistani president Pervez] Musharraf basket without understanding this other tradition, and without understanding that our choice in a place like Pakistan is not simply [between] military dictatorship or Islamic rule, led us to make a series of miscalculations that has weakened our fight against terrorism in the region."

Polling Data

Who would you like to win in the next American presidential election: The Republican Party or the Democratic Party?

Democratic Party

37%

Republican Party

13%

Don’t know / No response

50%

If you were given the right to vote in the U.S. presidential elections, who would you vote for?

Hillary Clinton

30%

Barak Obama

14%

John McCain

8%

Don’t know / No response

48%

Source: Gallup Pakistan
Methodology: Face-to-face interviews with 1,416 Pakistani adults, conducted from Mar. 9 to Mar. 10, 2008. Margin of error is 3.5 per cent.