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It’s Obama by a landslide ... in the state of Denmark
If things go wrong at home for US president Barack Obama on November 6, perhaps he should consider changing his name to Obamasen and heading to Denmark.
A recent Gallup poll showed that 85 percent of Danes asked would cast their vote for Obama. Only four percent said they would vote for Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The results indicate that Denmark may just be the most Obama-friendly country on the planet.
A recent BBC poll of residents of 21 countries gave the president 51 percent of the vote, while Romney received just nine percent. Only Pakistani voters would choose Romney over Obama. In France, 72 percent of those polled went for the president. Denmark was not included in the BBC poll, but the Gallup tally would place Denmark atop the globe's Obama-loving nations.
David Miller, the head of the Danish chapter of Democrats Abroad, was not surprised by the poll’s numbers.
"I like to say to Danes that if they lived in the United States, they'd all be Democrats,” said Miller. “Whether they vote progressive or conservative in Denmark, they all believe in universal health care and free university education and most wouldn't give up a woman's right to choose or have any problems with same-sex marriage."
Underlining that observation is the fact that political parties Venstre and Socialdemokraterne, while arch rivals in Denmark, both send representatives to the Democratic nominating convention.
Betting Danes are putting their kroner where their Obama fetish is.
Confidence in the president rose sharply after the final debate between he and Romney on Tuesday night. Bookmaker Betsson reports that the odds of Obama winning the election are now down to 1.39.
Betsson started taking odds on the US election in January, and the current odds against Romney winning are the highest that they have been. Fully 80 percent of the wagers coming in going on Obama to win.
“After the debate, we received many bets for Barack Obama,” said Tony Brandborg from Betsson to sporten.dk. “We were surprised because the US polls still say the race is still too close to call.”
Brandborg said that his customers also gave Mitt Romney a bump after he was declared the winner of the first presidential debate.