The BBC has recently conducted a World Service poll which shows that out of 22,500 people surveyed in 22 countries, 49 per cent were in favor of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. One of the 22 countries included citizens from Brazil, where bloggers are typing away their opinions on the presidential election and showing strong support for the nominee.
Brazilian journalist and blogger Leila Corderio writes in her blog that although many believe Obamaâ€™s skin color plays a factor, she does not.
O Brasil faz parte do coro dos paÃses que querem Barak Obama na presidÃªncia dos Estados Unidos. A pesquisa da BBC, diz que 51% dos brasileiros acha que Obama na Casa Branca serÃ¡ a grande mudanÃ§a na imagem do paÃs perante Ã comunidade internacional. Entre as perguntas, uma fala sobre a cor da pele do candidato democrata, se o fato dele ser negro prejudica ou contribue na sua escolha. A resposta unÃ¢nime Ã© que tanto faz, ele ser negro ou branco, o que estÃ¡ levando Obama a ser o preferido Ã© seu discurso moderno, realista e inovador. Sua postura de classe e respeito pelo adversÃ¡rio republicano , evitando insulta-lo ou critica-lo tambÃ©m tem contribuÃdo para transforma-lo no nÃºmero um na preferÃªncia mundial!
Meanwhile, a group of Brazilian citizens write in their shared blog, Xica Bahia, that Obama running for the position is inspiring for other minorities:
â€œBrazilians are paying close attention to US politics, especially the presidential race. For Afro-Brazilians in Bahia and in other parts of Brazil, it is empowering to see someone that looks like your uncle or brother running as president of the United States. You canâ€™t go anywhere in Bahia without seeing something related to Obama.â€
And, Portuguese blog, Transparent Community, writes that five Brazilian politicians have even registered themselves under the name â€œObamaâ€ to boost their campaigns:
â€œLocal elections are rapidly approaching in Brazil. According to the Brazilian press, at least five candidates running in the local elections throughout the country are using the name “Barack Obama” in an effort to garner votes. The candidates, who are running for municipal positions, have registered their names as Obama on the ballots.â€