Biden preferred candidate among Arab-Americans, poll finds

Biden preferred candidate among Arab-Americans, poll finds
2 min read
27 October, 2020
Most Arab-American voters view President Donald Trump as 'ineffective' in addressing the community’s priority concerns.
59 percent said they are casting their ballots for Democratic nominee Joe Biden [Getty]

Democratic nominee Joe Biden is leading Republican opponent Donald Trump as the preferred candidate among Arab-American voters, a new poll found.

A nationwide poll of 805 Arab-American, conducted by the Arab American Institute earlier in the month, found that most Arab-Americans eligible to vote in the elections favour Biden, the institute said in a press release on Tuesday.

A staggering 59 percent said they are casting their ballots for Democratic nominee Joe Biden, while only 35 percent believed they would vote for Republican candidate President Trump.

Most Arab-American voters said they view President Donald Trump as "ineffective" in addressing the community's key concerns.

According to the poll, a high Arab voter turnout is expected in the 3 November elections, with more than 80 percent saying they are 'very likely' to cast a ballot.

But the high turnout may not be limited to Arab voters, recent reports suggest

In previous elections, the average turnout of elegible voters stood at around 55 percent nationwide. This year has reportedly seen an early voter surge suggesting a huge turnout in the year's election.

While Biden is heading the poll, the Arab American Institute said in its statement that the margin of votes between Biden and Trump (58 percent vs 35 percent) is less than the margin observed at its poll for the last election, when Clinton scored 58 percent and Trump got only 25 percent of poll votes.

Read also: Explainer: Why is the Arab American vote so important in the 2020 US election?

Arabs across the Middle East - including those who do not hold US citizenship - also prefer Biden over Trump, a seperate survey by British pollster YouGov found on Tuesday.

The survey, which polled 3,097 people across the Middle East and North Africa, found that if Arabs were to choose a US President out of the nominated candidates, Biden would win 'by a landslide'.

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