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Simon Jackman, Shaun Ratcliff

New survey data collected by the United States Studies Centre suggests that in virtually every demographic and political group in Australia, the Democratic candidate Joe Biden is overwhelmingly preferred to President Donald Trump.


31 October 2020
John Lee

The common wisdom is that allies, including Australia, will feel much more comfortable if Joe Biden wins the election.

Donald Trump’s important legacy is that countering China is now a bipartisan mindset in...

30 October 2020
Simon Jackman, Shaun Ratcliff

By a large margin, Australians prefer Democratic candidate Joe Biden to Donald Trump as the next US president.

In surveys of more than 1820 respondents fielded in July 2019, and another 1619 earlier...

30 October 2020
Brendon O'Connor

US President Donald Trump’s path to re-election requires maximising the support of his oft-mentioned “base” — white voters without college degrees — in the key battleground states where he eked out a victory...

29 October 2020
Claire McFarland

The US election is on November 3, 2020. Two very different candidates, two very different political parties. What does the US election outcome hold for tech and innovation? And what should Australia do...

28 October 2020
David Smith

Scott Morrison is the first Pentecostal Christian in the world to lead a democratic country. But Donald Trump’s presidency is far more infused with Pentecostalism than Morrison’s prime ministership is.

Morrison and Trump...

27 October 2020

Every US general election carries implications for Australia. But as they say: this time, it’s different. To most casual observers, the trajectories of the United States under a second Trump administration or a...

27 October 2020
James Curran

There is little reason to doubt recent reporting that some in Canberra’s national security community would prefer President Donald Trump to prevail next week.

Given the evidence of Trump’s four years in office...

25 October 2020
Bruce Wolpe

The neckties gave everything away.

The President in Republican red; former vice-president Joe Biden in Democratic blue. No cross-dressing. Total war imminent.

Friday's encounter was not a game changer. Trump was much more...

24 October 2020
Gorana Grgic

With the final full week of the presidential campaign in the United States ahead of us, the polls remain stubborn in pointing to Joe Biden's victory. More pressingly, there is no scarcity of...

23 October 2020
Lesley Russell

The final presidential debate is unlikely to have changed any minds — but it did remind attentive viewers that Donald Trump doesn’t have a clue about what would replace Obamacare, writes USSC non-resident...

23 October 2020
David Smith

On October 14, Donald Trump held a rally attended by several thousand in Iowa, despite White House guidelines that gatherings in the state should be limited to 25. Trump visited Iowa numerous times...

21 October 2020
Bruce Wolpe

Let us suppose the Washington groupthink on the 2020 election – that US President Trump is cooked – is wrong. And Donald Trump wins a second term.

The belief that Trump may well...

19 October 2020
Charles Edel

USSC senior fellow Charles Edel and adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Siddharth Mohandas write that even though US allies in the Indo-Pacific are essential to meeting...

16 October 2020
David Uren

While China is tightening its coercive campaign against Australia, now targeting the coal industry, its ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, last week led a protest of 26 nations against economic coercion...

15 October 2020
James Curran

Occasionally the mask of American officialdom drops to reveal what it really thinks of Australia.

During a discussion in Washington some years ago with Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former National Security Adviser to president...

11 October 2020
Elliott Brennan

The foiled plot by right-wing domestic terrorists to kidnap one of the United States’ most prominent governors should sound an alert for Australia. After months of crises, the tearing apart of America's social...

9 October 2020
Bruce Wolpe

The President is on steroids, but we are way beyond mere October Surprises. No, America is now into shock therapy to jolt American voters into retiring Trump – and the lightning bolts keep...

8 October 2020
Lesley Russell

The prevailing wisdom says that vice-presidential debates are merely sideshows to the presidential campaign and the face-to-face encounters between the two presidential candidates. People vote for the first name on the ticket, rarely...

8 October 2020
Jared Mondschein

In many ways, a vice president’s most important constitutional duty is simply to stay alive. Beyond breaking ties in the US Senate, the vice president essentially has no real constitutional duties beyond replacing...

7 October 2020