Polling: Majority of Brits would vote for Joe Biden in US presidential election

Exclusive polling for the New Statesman reveals most people in the UK would back the Democratic candidate.

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The majority of the British public would elect Joe Biden if they were allowed to vote in the presidential election, an exclusive poll for the New Statesman has found. 

Presented with a choice between the Republican and Democratic candidates ahead of the election on Tuesday 3 November, 55 per cent of respondents said they would vote for Biden, 20 per cent for Donald Trump, and 25 per cent did not know who they would vote for, according to the poll conducted on 28 October by Redfield and Wilton Strategies.

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This transcends British political divides, with 46 per cent of people who voted Conservative in the last election opting for Biden, 30 per cent for Trump and 24 per cent answering “don’t know”. Among Labour voters, around 67 per cent would vote for Biden, 16 per cent for Trump and 18 per cent did not know. The only UK political party whose voters prefer Trump is the Brexit Party, with 21 per cent picking Biden and 52 per cent the Republican candidate.

The lack of enthusiasm for the incumbent was also reflected in a lukewarm interest in the election itself. Some 18 per cent of those polled said they care “a great deal” about the election, 31 per cent care “a bit”, 32 per cent “not much”, and 18 per cent “not at all”.

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Anoosh Chakelian is the New Statesman’s Britain editor.

She co-hosts the New Statesman podcast, discussing the latest in UK politics.

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