A BBC World Service opinion poll has found sharply higher overseas approval ratings for US President Barack Obama than Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

An average of 50% favoured Mr Obama, with 9% for Mr Romney, in the survey of 21,797 people in 21 countries.

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Only Pakistan’s respondents said they would prefer to see Mr Romney win November’s election.

France was the most strongly pro-Obama (72%).

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The survey was conducted by GlobeScan/PIPA between 3 July and 3 September.

 (BBC)

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