Most Australians want Biden for president

Daniel McCulloch and Colin Brinsden
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Most Australians want Biden for president
Most Australians want Biden for president

More than half of Australians would prefer Joe Biden to win this week's United States presidential election.

Fewer than one in four people back incumbent Donald Trump.

A survey conducted by left-leaning think tank The Australia Institute found Mr Biden was seen as the better candidate on a broad range of issues.

He was chosen over Mr Trump by four to one in responding to coronavirus, which has killed more than 230,000 Americans.

Mr Biden was also twice as likely to be considered better for world peace and security, the global economy, handling relations with China, and for African American people.

There were no issues on which the Republican president was considered better than his Democratic challenger.

Allan Behm from The Australia Institute said the US election had true global implications.

America and the international order have been thrown into chaos throughout the Trump presidency," he said.

"If Joe Biden is elected president in the coming days, as the majority of Australians hope will happen, there will be a return to a more measured approach to economic, foreign and security policy."

Australia's former US ambassador Joe Hockey, who still lives in Washington, said all technical signs pointed to a win for Mr Biden.

"But there is something that is gnawing away at me that suggests Donald Trump still has a pathway to victory," he told ABC radio.

"There are a lot of people out there who are shy or embarrassed about voting for Donald Trump but are voting for Donald Trump because of his policies and quite frankly because they don't want to be bullied into voting for someone else."

Mr Hockey said most people would not want to be associated with some of the things the US president has said, but wanted to be associated with his policies.

"The question is whether they're going to put policies ahead of politics," he said.