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The World Is Voting (Unscientifically) For The Next US President

The German weekly Zeit Online asked readers which they prefer, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Editor Jochen Wegner says 100,000 have returned ballots from around the world.


And people around the world are voting for the next U.S. president thanks to one German news site. Jochen Wegner is the editor-in-chief of Zeit Online.

MONTAGNE: We thought it would be a cool idea just to give people the chance to vote themselves, wherever they are, knowing that this isn’t kind of statistically relevant.

MONTAGNE: Meaning their global poll isn’t scientific but all in good fun.

JOCHEN WEGNER: First of all, it’s a game. It’s a game, and we try to trick you into thinking about the U.S. election.


Well, the hope was to attract worldwide participation in this, and so the ballot is offered in different languages. More than 100,000 votes have come in so far, tens of thousands of those from Germany alone. And the count shows 30 percent of Germans favor Donald Trump.

WEGNER: If you look at the other countries, you see, for example, that – the Russian Federation or Poland or Hungary – you have really high percentages of voters favoring Trump. So for example, I think Russia has something about 70 percent for Trump at the moment.

Image: Die Zeit.

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