reply to post by spy66
I can confirm the polls for Germany. Every little poll I've seen was at least at around ~75% for Obama. From local newspapers to TV station polls
("Question of the Day") to big polls from big institutions, they all have the same outcome.
It's quite different here in Europe. People can not understand why Americans have voted Bush for a second term, and after those 8 years nearly nobody
understands why the same party would be voted into office again.
I think Germany's political system (and that of many other european states) is much more balanced, by this I mean the
. I think
focus to much around the fame of one single person. It's not like
this person will nor can run the country alone. We vote for parties, they vote the chancellor etc. Every party has its top-candidate, too. But we
mainly vote those, which party platform we agree with, the candidates itself have just a secondary status.
Another very positive aspect is the media system in Germany, so I have to disagree with the poster above who thinks this is the outcome of a global
media run by a few persons. Our media (mostly) acts like a watch-dog regarding politics. We have a broad variance of TV and Radio stations that are
"federal-public" (="öffentlich-rechtlich"), not like state TV. Those stations are paid for by a small tax every citizen with a TV has to pay.
It's like a network with documentary, cultural, musical channels, here's how wikipedia describes it:
Following World War II, when regional broadcasters had been merged into one national network by the Nazis to create a powerful means of
propaganda, the Allies insisted on a de-centralized, independent structure for German public broadcasting and created regional public broadcasting
agencies that, by and large, still exist today. In addition to these nine regional radio and TV broadcasters, which cooperate within ARD, a second
national television service (ZDF) was later created in 1961 and a national radio service with two networks (Deutschlandradio) emerged from the remains
of Cold War propaganda stations in 1994. All services are mainly financed through license fees paid by everybody who keeps a radio or TV set "ready
for use", and are governed by councils of representatives of the "societally relevant groups". Public TV and radio stations spend about 60 % of the
~10 Bil. € spent altogether for broadcasting in Germany per year.
Source: Wikipedia: Public Broadcasting#Germany
Those channels all are completely ad-free, only the two main stations (ARD/ZDF) run ads until 8pm between two programmes (no breaks).
With this system we have a very balanced media, non-partisan, completely untouched by politics (our biggest public stations are the ones often uncover
the biggest political scandals). They also run education ("tele-college") and cultural (arts, festival etc.) programmes.
Political ads are allowed only in election years and must be run by all, equal amount of time each station.
So, with this and a very unpopular McCain over here, I trust these polls. I guess this is because the world desperately looks for a CHANGE, and if a
political coalition (we have coalitions, absolute majorities are nearly non-existant) fails, we vote another into office.
(Sorry for the slightly off-topic excursion, I thought this was the right place to throw in an alternative version of the politics/media-system)
[edit on 12.10.2008 by SiONiX]