London - Twice as many business executives around the world
say the global economy will prosper better if incumbent US president Barack
Obama wins the next election than if his Republican challenger Mitt Romney
does, a poll showed on Friday.
Democrat Obama was chosen by 42.7% in the 1 700 respondent
poll, compared with 20.5%for Romney. The rest said "neither".
The result was different among respondents in the United
States, where a slim majority thought Romney would be better for their
businesses than Obama.
Obama maintains a seven-point lead over Romney among
registered voters in the race for the November 6 presidential election, despite
the fact Americans are increasingly pessimistic about the future, according to
a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted last week.
The FT poll was conducted before Romney picked Wisconsin
Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate at the weekend, a
move that could dramatically shift the election debate between two sharply
contrasting views of government spending and debt.
Romney's choice for running mate gave him no immediate boost
to his White House prospects, a Reuters/Ipsos poll suggested on Monday.
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