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Majority of nations prefer Obama over Romney: poll

LONDON -- People around the world overwhelmingly favor U.S. President Barack Obama over his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, a poll carried out for the BBC World Service has found.

An average of 50 percent favored Obama, against 9 percent for Romney, with Pakistan the only one of the 21 countries questioned indicating they would prefer to see Romney win the election in November.

France gave the strongest support to Obama, with a 72-percent approval rating, according to the survey of 21,797 people.

The survey was carried out by GlobeScan/PIPA between July 3 and Sept. 3, before the TV debates between the candidates.

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