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What kind of leader do you want? Results are in

By Nick Thompson, CNN
updated 1:43 PM EDT, Fri September 7, 2012
Who's a more visionary leader, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
Who's a more visionary leader, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
  • Four out of five say boundary-pushing visionaries make the best leaders
  • One in seven think financial expertise is the best attribute
  • 75% of those who voted in the Facebook survey were male
  • Less than one in 50 think a military commander makes the best leader

(CNN) -- What makes a leader? Is it economic know-how, or military might? Or is it a big thinker with a bold plan?

The U.S. election is just two months away, but there's no reason Americans should be the only ones to get in on the fun.

With that in mind, we asked viewers worldwide on our CNN International Facebook page what quality they believe is most important in a great leader.

After tallying more than 2,000 responses from 143 countries and territories, the verdict of our extremely unscientific survey is in: Nearly four out of five (79%) think a boundary-pushing visionary makes the best leader.

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And despite austerity and unemployment in many countries, only one in seven (14%) see financial expertise as the top attribute for the commander-in-chief.

Those who've hit hard times and were hoping to be caught by a social safety net will have found little sympathy from our Facebook voters -- just one in 20 (5.3%) want to see a social welfare advocate sitting at the helm of their government.

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And people around the world proved that, at least in theory, the pen is indeed mightier than the sword -- less than one in 50 (1.7%) told us a military commander makes the best leader.

A few other things jumped out at us while crunching the numbers from Facebook. First, men outnumbered women three-to-one in our survey. To put that in perspective, women cast a reported 53% of all votes in the 2012 U.S. mid-term election.

More: Latest updates at 2012 Election Center

Which countries seemed most interested in our survey? Americans cast more than a quarter (27%) of all votes -- more than five times more than second-place United Kingdom. India, Germany and Nigeria round out the top five.

Most of you were aged 25-34. If you weren't, it was likely you were 35-49.

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So what's your verdict on our survey? And what would you like to vote on in the next one? We're hoping to publish more of these on our CNNI Facebook page and we'd love to hear what you think we should be asking.

At any rate, it's the first time we've done a survey of this kind and we hope you enjoyed it. Please let us know in the comments below.

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