Obama is currently running neck-and-neck with his Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the waning days of the US presidential campaign. For the vast majority of Germans, however, the election choice is clearer, as a representative YouGov survey for ZEIT ONLINE shows. They are satisfied with Obama's first term and would re-elect him in a landslide.
Sixty percent of those surveyed have a positive impression of Obama's policies to date. Just four percent said they have a mostly negative view of his presidency, with 33 percent having no opinion at all.
This difference was even starker when participants were asked who they would choose if they were allowed to vote in place of the Americans on November 6. Only four percent said they would pick Romney, whereas 85 percent said they would give Obama their vote and a second term in office.
Many were also confident their presidential wishes will be granted: 76 percent of those surveyed believe Obama will stay in the White House. Romney, on the other hand, was given slimmer chances, with just eight percent believing the former governor of Massachusetts will win the race.
The approval rating for Obama and the support for his first term was equally high across all groups surveyed: independent of age, gender, income and whether they come from the former West or East Germany – the YouGov/ZEIT ONLINE survey showed the Germans are firmly on the Democrat's side.
This survey was conducted in cooperation with the YouGov market and opinion research institute. It is based upon online interviews with participants of the YouGov panel, which includes 2.5 million members worldwide. In Germany, but also in the UK and the USA, the institute's election prognoses regularly prove to be among the most exact. For this survey YouGov questioned 1.051 participants between October 29 and 31.