Barack Obama decisively defeated Mitt Romney in the American School of Warsaw (ASW) straw poll held on October 18. The poll was held as a part of the school’s annual UN Day celebration.
Citizens from over 50 countries participated. The vote was open to students (K through 12), faculty, staff and parents. As noted here on September 19th my son is a student at this Warsaw, Poland international school.
The ASW UN Day celebration is a fantastic party. The parents and children of each participating country team-up to put their country’s best foot forward.
Traditional costumes, music and dance are celebrated. Mouth-watering traditional and exotic foods are free for everyone to enjoy.
To be fair, “the parents,” mostly means the students’ mothers who brilliantly organize the PTA, social clubs and events.
To borrow Mr. Romney’s phrase, ASW has “binders full” of great mothers who sustain this vibrant international community.
Keeping to tradition, there was a parade around the school grounds with the U.S. delegation in front, headed by a fifth grader carrying our Stars & Stripes flag. U.S. Embassy staff participated, and U.S. Ambassador Lee Feinstein gave the keynote speech.
This year, the U.S. table added to the festivities by inviting everyone with an ASW ID badge to participate in a presidential straw poll. It was fascinating to see how the straw-poll animated this international community. In case anyone has any doubts these days, America does matter.
When it came time to count the ballots, it was visually obvious that the pile for Obama was far larger than Romney’s. In the spirit of good sportsmanship, all present declared Obama the winner.
To my knowledge, the actual vote count was not announced. However, the following is my best guess estimate of the voter demographics:
- 900 hundred children;
- 300 faculty and staff;
- 500 parents (disproportionately weighted towards the binders full of moms);
- 100 visiting dignitaries.
And my best guess at the voters’ socio-economic profile is:
- Voters came from over 50 different countries, with about 30% being American and 20% being Polish;
- 20% of the voters were from families with a member in the Diplomatic Corps;
- 65% of voters were from families with a member who is a business executive;
- Average family income of voters is in the top 15% (counting Diplomatic Corps benefits packages).
What do you think we can conclude from this unscientific straw poll, if anything? Here are some ideas, not in any specific order, and not necessarily representing my views.
- The U.S. overseas community prefers Obama, even though their income is far above the average?
- The foreign diplomatic corps prefers to do business with Obama?
- Foreigners voted against Romney because he will have a stronger foreign policy, and they prefer to keep America weak?
- Overseas elites do not feel threatened by Obama’s redistributionist policies (or maybe they do not believe they exist)? They do not believe Romney’s claim that Obama is conducting class warfare against the rich?
- The international community believes Obama’s policies will mend the global economy sooner than Romney’s?
- Obama’s victory reflects the fact that teachers and women overrepresented the voters and are naturally Obama’s constituency?