Do Brits really think Biden is better than Trump?

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Joe and Jill Biden
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Norstat, Europe’s largest independent data collection company, has announced insights into Joe Biden’s first 100 days in Office as President of the United States and attitudes towards the current state of UK politics, gathered from a nationally representative sample of 2,000 people in the United Kingdom.

Gathered on the 29th of April, this data is available for publication with attribution to Norstat.

US Politics – President Joe Biden’s first 100 days in Office

• 61% of Brits say that Joe Biden is already doing a better job than Donald Trump.
• 43% of Brits say they are paying the same amount of attention to US politics as when Trump was in office, while 43% are paying less attention.
• 49% of Brits feel that Biden’s Presidency will propel the US to take a leading stance internationally on climate change.
• 2 in 5 Brits (40%) believe that President Biden will take a leading stance on racial inequality as well as economic recovery post-pandemic.
• 47% of Brits say that US relations with the UK will improve under Biden’s administration.

Rob Agnew, Managing Director of Norstat UK, commented: “President Biden appears to have made an impression with the British public, with the overwhelming majority suggesting that his Presidency is a massive improvement on Trump’s command. Brits are paying less attention to US politics, suggesting a quiet confidence in Biden’s ability to steer the ship, while Trump clearly divided opinion on a regular basis, relishing in driving news headlines internationally.

“It will be interesting to see whether President Biden’s popularity grows further as a result of his first overseas trip since his election as he attends the G7 summit in Cornwall this June, which provides one of the biggest platforms to address key international policies.”

UK Politics

• Only 18% of Brits feel that the UK has a strong recovery plan from the pandemic. 39% feel that the recovery plan is reasonable but could be stronger. An additional 28% say the UK has either a weak or no recovery plan at all for after the pandemic.
• Over 65s are more likely to feel that the UK has a strong recovery plan (24%), while only 15% of 18-24 year olds feel this way, further demonstrating a generational divide.
• Half of Brits say they ‘don’t care’ about the disagreement between Dominic Cummings and Boris Johnson regarding the Downing Street refurbishment funding. Only just over a third (38%) say they care.
• This is likely because of a distrust towards both parties. 23% believe Johnson’s version of the story, and 15% believe Cummings, but 46% say they believe neither, feeling that both are either stretching the truth or omitting facts.

Becky Hillcoat, Head of Client Solutions at Norstat UK, commented: “The British public clearly feel that the government need to invest more time into the recovery plan for the pandemic, or businesses will not recover. Minister’s claims that the British people would consider the argument between Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings as little more than ‘tittle tattle’ seem to be proven right, as half say they simply do not care about the issue. It appears that neither party is trusted by the pubic more than the other.”

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