New York — Global investors like Mitt Romney better than any other U.S. presidential candidate, while remaining lukewarm about the Republican field in general.

About one in five investors say the former Massachusetts governor and founder of private equity firm Bain Capital LLC, would be best for the world economy among all the Republican contenders, according to a Sept. 26 Bloomberg Global Poll. All the other candidates are in single-digits. And by a margin of 37 percent to 34 percent, investors say Romney would be better for the economy than would President Barack Obama.

Among U.S. investors, Romney does much better than Obama, with 69 percent favoring him on the economy versus 16 percent for the president. Romney, who will face off against the other Republicans in an Oct. 11 Dartmouth College debate sponsored by Bloomberg and the Washington Post, is seen less favorably overseas, according to the quarterly poll, which covered 1,031 investors, traders and analysts who are Bloomberg subscribers.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry doesn’t fare as well against Obama among global investors. They choose Obama over Perry by 42 percent to 28 percent, though the governor also scores better among U.S. respondents, with 52 percent saying he would handle the world economy better than Obama, who gets 30 percent. Perry trails Romney among U.S. respondents, with 34 percent saying Romney would be best for the global economy among the Republican contenders, and 7 percent picking Perry.

Eight percent of global respondents say Texas Congressman Ron Paul would do the best job on the world economy among Republicans. Former Godfather’s Pizza Chief Executive Officer Herman Cain gets 3 percent support as does former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; and U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum each get 1 percent.

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