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Global Investors in Poll Prefer Romney over Rivals on Economy

October 7, 2011

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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Bloomberg and The Washington Post, in partnership with WBIN-TV
and host Dartmouth College, will present the first debate of the
2012 campaign centered exclusively on the issues voters consider
most important – the economy, debt, deficits, taxes, trade and
jobs. With the candidates seated side-by-side, the roundtable
debate will be moderated by Charlie Rose, The Washington Post
political correspondent Karen Tumulty and Bloomberg White House
correspondent Julianna Goldman.

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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