July 21st, 2008
01:15 PM ET
14 years ago

Cafferty: Why do many Europeans prefer Obama?

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(CNN) - "The world is waiting to love America again" is a quote from a recent editorial in a British newspaper, and many Europeans are hoping Barack Obama will provide them with just that chance. When Obama travels to Europe later this week, it's expected he'll be treated like a rock star – mobbed by cheering fans in Berlin, Paris and London.

A recent poll in England found 70 percent of Italians, 67 percent of Germans, 65 percent of the French and 49 percent of Britons would vote for Obama. Compare that to Republican John McCain, who gets support from 15 percent of Italians, 6 percent of Germans, 8 percent of the French and 14 percent in Britain.

Books about Obama are hot sellers in France, and some European newspapers describe him as a "John Kennedy of our times." After eight years of unilateral "my way or the highway" George Bush, Europeans are hungry for the change Obama is offering, especially when it comes to America's role on the world stage.

It's been a long time since the visit by an American politician has been so highly anticipated in Europe.

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