Malaysians strongly back Biden win in US presidential election, survey finds

This combination of file pictures created on October 22, 2020 shows US President Donald Trump (L) and Democratic Presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden during the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 22, 2020. - (Photos by Morry GASH and JIM WATSON / AFP)

PETALING JAYA: Nearly half of Malaysians surveyed in a poll said they expect former vice-president Joe Biden to win the Nov 3 US presidential election compared to only 12% favouring incumbent Donald Trump.

That's the finding of a survey by global market research company Ipsos involving 17,507 respondents from 24 countries, including Malaysia, which was carried out since last month.

"Half of Malaysians are confident that Joe Biden will be elected as the next US president.

"One in eight believes that Trump will be re-elected," Ipsos Malaysia said in a statement.

In total, 39% of the respondents from the 24 countries felt that Biden would win, compared to 27% for Trump.

Malaysia tied with Chile and South Africa for third place among the countries that backed a Biden victory.

Mexico was tops with 51% saying they felt Biden would win, followed by South Korea (50%).

Countries whose respondents were most confident of a Trump win were Poland (41%), Russia (36%), India (36%), Hungary (35%) and Turkey (35%)

The survey also asked respondents who they would vote for in the US presidential election, if they could.

Some 47% of the Malaysian respondents said they would vote for Biden, compared to just 8% for Trump.

Another question posed in the survey was on what respondents felt were serious risks for the US presidential election this year.

"Malaysians believe the spreading of fake news, voter fraud and vote buying are the serious risks for the US election," Ipsos said.
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