In a typically brazen yet impressive move, bookmaker Paddy Power has paid out to gamblers who have backed President Obama to win the US election.
With a day to go before the election this is a good PR move by the bookie but some would question the value of doing so in such a close race, but Paddy Power believes that ‘Obama is a nailed-on certainty to win’.
“Romney gave it a good shot and is doing well in the popular vote, but we suspect he’s had his moment in the sun. The overall betting trend has shown one way traffic for Obama and punters seem to have called it 100% correct,” said a Paddy Power spokesman.
As somebody who trusts bookmakers knowledge of such matters, I’m delighted that they’ve saved me a sleepless night on Tuesday. Obama has won… you can bet on it. Well you can’t, but you know what I mean.
If Europeans were able to vote in the upcoming American presidential election they would overwhelmingly cast their ballots in favour of Barack Obama.
According to the results of YouGov’s EuroTrack survey, a study tracking public opinion in the UK, Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway found that no more than 10% in any country surveyed said they would vote for Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
“No doubt many Americans are not overly concerned about who Europeans think they should vote for, but on the other hand history has shown that when a president is unpopular with the people of Europe it can have a far-reaching effect on how those people view the US,” said Joe Twyman, YouGov Director of Political and Social Research
Meanwhile, European bookmakers are seeing a similar bias in favour of Obama. His performance during the events created by Hurricane Sandy has seen his Presidential odds shorten to 1/3 while Mitt Romney has lengthened to 5/2.
* Total sample size for this survey was 1,637 British Adults/1,018 German Adults/1,031 French Adults/1,008 Danish Adults/1,012 Swedish Adults/918 Finnish Adults and 956 Norwegian Adults aged 18+.