Arabs favor Biden over Trump in US election — poll

Democratic nominee Joe Biden substantially leads his Republican opponent Donald Trump as the Arab world’s preferred candidate in next month’s US presidential candidate, an opinion poll indicates.

Out of 3,097 people polled across 18 Middle East and North African countries, around 39 percent favor Biden while only 12%  opt for Trump, according to the survey carried out by British pollster YouGov and commissioned by Saudi daily Arab News.

“When asked which candidate would be better for the Arab World if elected president, most believe that neither candidate (49%) would fulfill such a description, yet Biden is still considered a better option to Trump,” the survey says.

This combination of September 29, 2020, photos shows President Donald Trump, left, and former vice president Joe Biden during the first presidential debate at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The November 3 election, in which incumbent Trump is fighting to secure a second term in office, is being closely watched across the Arab world, where the United States plays a key role.