If any of the other 20 countries polled had a say in who would be the leader of the free world, including China, Malaysia and Japan, the vote would fall overwhelmingly in Obama’s favour.

The BBC reports an average of 50 per cent of the 21,797 polled by GlobeScan/PIPA between July 3 and September 3 preferred Obama and nine per cent liked the challenger Romney more.

France was the most strongly pro-Obama nation with 72 per cent preferring him over Romney – they finished ahead of Australia and Kenya, where he has family.

It would be interesting to see what the poll would say after last night’s debate, in which Romney said he would continue drone strikes in Pakistan and put aid restrictions on the country armed with nuclear weapons, should he become president.

He mostly said he supported Obama’s policies on Pakistan.

“It’s a nation that’s not like others and it does not have a civilian leadership that is calling the shots there,” Romney said in the debate.

He was asked by the moderator, Bob Schieffer, whether the US should “divorce” Pakistan, but said he supported continued ties under Congress-approved condition.

“No, it’s not time to divorce a nation on Earth that has 100 nuclear weapons and is on the way to double that at some point, a nation that has serious threats from terrorist groups within its nation,” Romney replied.

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