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Republican President George W. Bush clashed with then French President Jacques Chirac over the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, and Berlin also opposed the war.But even in countries that took part in the conflict, there was little appetite for another Republican administration.In Britain, where the Labour government was Washington's closest ally, 11 percent of respondents said they wanted McCain to win the November 4 election, compared with 48 percent who favored Obama.Italian conservative Silvio Berlusconi, who sent troops to Iraq, is back in power as prime minister, but only 12 percent of those polled supported McCain while 66 percent of respondents backed Obama.Spaniards also favored Obama by a margin of 68 percent to McCain's eight percent.When asked to choose from a list of reasons why they favored Obama, the top pick in France, Germany and Spain was "his capacity for change from the Bush administration's policies." The British preferred "the values he represents" and Italians opted for "his youth."The answer most frequently chosen in France, Germany and Italy for disliking McCain was "his policies." Spanish respondents most strongly opposed "the values he represents" and the British cited "his choice for vice president."But foreigners will not get to determine the next U.S. president, and the poll gave Obama a 10-point lead in the United States, a similar margin to other recent surveys.Of the 1,064 Americans polled, 42 percent said they supported the Democrat, compared with 32 percent in favor of McCain. Eight percent said they were not sure whom they supported, and 18 percent said they backed neither candidate.(Editing by Caroline Drees)
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