Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Who Would You Like To Run The World?

A poll conducted by the BBC found some interesting results when they asked people who you would like to see rule a fantasy world government. The results came from the BBC world service, with over 15,000 people responding to the poll online, the majority of whom from the United States, followed by the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and mainland Europe.

Out of the 100 of those to pick from, the survey found some interesting and noble results. Nearly at rock bottom in 92nd place was none other than Jennifer Lopez. Apparently “a baby with back” isn’t seen as a redeeming quality in a world leader.

Some celebrities faired better. U2 singer Bono came in 14th. Surprisingly, politicians did not fair very well on the list. While Bush’s Poodle came in decently well, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez came in 33rd place. Chavez just beat out Fidel Castro at 36th. And President George W. Bush? A very distant 43rd place. Bush did manage to beat Osama bin Laden (70th) and none other than JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, who placed 49th.

Hillary Clinton came in 16th, but missed the prestigious 15th place, which was taken by none other than Michael Moore.

Another key figure of constant compliant by the American right wing came in 11th place, none other than the head of the United Nations, Kofi Annan. Another right wing target, liberal billionaire George Soros came in 10th.

The two highest ranking winners were former politicians. The former head of South Africa, which the Reagan administration identified as a terrorist, Nelson Mandela took first prize. Coming in at number two was former President Bill Clinton. Perhaps, if Bush permitted a few of his interns to get on their knees perhaps he would see his poll numbers increase.

The most shocking of the results, to me anyway, was that of 3rd and 4th place. The seat of 3rd place was won by none other than his Holiness himself, the Dalai Lama. Who wouldn’t have thought Buddhism was so hip?

And while Bush came in at a far distant 43rd place, the 4th place was won by America’s most renowned dissidents and activists, Noam Chomsky.

What is most surprising, is that a poll conducted by Gallop, asking 50,000 people in 68 states found some shocking results on how people across the world feel about their governments. When asked “is your country run by the will of the people?” 65%, nearly 2/3rds, said NO. Only in Scandinavia and South Africa did the majority of the people answer YES. The poll also found that only 13% of those questioned trusted politicians, and only 16% wanted them to have more power. Even more shocking is that the poll not only did the vast majority did not want politicians not to have any more power, but they did not want ANYONE to have more power.


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