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2020.11.03 10:16

Lithuanians favour Biden over Trump in US election – survey

Vaidotas Beniušis, BNS2020.11.03 10:16

More Lithuanians would prefer Joe Biden over Donald Trump as the next US president, an opinion poll has found, although half do not have a favourite in the US presidential race.

The survey by Vilmorus, commissioned by BNS, asked 1,001 people which of the two presidential candidates would be better for Lithuania. About a third, 32.5 percent, said Biden would be a better US president for Lithuania, while 18.1 percent picked Trump.

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Almost half of the respondents, 49.5 percent, had no opinion on the matter.

Political analyst Linas Kojala, the director of the Eastern Europe Studies Centre, said the results were in line with the prevailing trends in most of Europe.

“Earlier surveys have also shown that Trump is a less favoured leader in Lithuania than former US presidents, such as Barack Obama,” Kojala told BNS.

“Biden is more predictable. He has visited Lithuania, too. So even if respondents don't delve into his specific political proposals, they apparently find his personality more attractive,” he said.

Biden would use more moderate rhetoric and focus more on multinational institutions than Trump, according to Kojala.

Kęstutis Girnius, associate professor at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University, said that Lithuanians favoured Biden over Trump because the Democratic candidate “promises to treat Russia more strictly, to support NATO more consistently and to pursue the traditional US policy towards the Baltic states”.

Vilmorus polled 1,001 people aged over 18 between October 9 and 18. In-home interviews were conducted in 27 towns and 44 villages.