Who would win the U.S. election if people from around the world were given a vote? A new poll aimed to find that out, and Hillary Clinton was the clear victor.
More than 100,000 people from 130 countries took part in the first ever Global Vote for a U.S. president, according to the global political movement The Good Country, which organized the online survey.
Participants were asked to select their preferred candidate in a non-scientific poll ahead of the official presidential election Tuesday. They were told to only consider the candidates’ international policies, as “domestic issues are the exclusive concern of US citizens”.
Clinton received over half of the vote (52%) and Green Party candidate Jill Stein secured second place with 19%. Donald Trump came in third place, with 14%, and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson received 7%. Eight percent of voters chose to abstain, indicating that, in their view, none of the four official candidates were “good news for the world”.
“What is clear from commentary around this vote is that Donald Trump is seen by many as a threat to international prosperity and stability,” the Global Vote’s creator Simon Anholt said. “The degree of international unpopularity of the two main candidates is evident from the high number of votes that went to the relatively unknown third party candidates, as well as the 8% who chose to abstain.”
According to Anholt, the purpose of the Global Vote was to “bring some sanity and equity” to a voting system that will impact the lives of billions of people around the world – not just the small proportion domestic voters who are allowed their say in the matter.