For Germans, which US presidential candidate is more economically literate?

In terms of economic competence alone, Joe Biden is the clear front-runner, as 35% of the people surveyed believe that the 77-year-old ex-vice-president from Pennsylvania to be the best candidate for the economy, while only 16.7% backed Bernie Sanders on that matter. [EPA-EFE/GIORGIO VIERA]

With Michael Bloomberg and Elizabeth Warren dropping out of the Democratic primaries, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden are the only Democrats front-runners left in this year’s presidential race. But do Germans thinks they are more economically literate than Donald Trump? EURACTIV’s partner WirtschaftsWoche reports.

After John Delaney became the first Democrat to announce his intention to run for the US president’s office for the upcoming 2020 elections a good two and a half years ago, the race for the presidency is now on a home stretch – between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.

Well, there is also 38-year-old Hawaiian congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who has so far received two delegate votes and is still in the race.

Biden, however, has been able to collect 670 delegate votes, while 573 delegates back Sanders, as of today (10 March). A duel seems, therefore, inevitable.

And the outcome of this dual is not relevant just for the US, as incumbent President Donald Trump continues to prove, almost on a weekly basis, to what extent he can influence the entire global economy, including Germany’s.

So, on which potential US president are the Germans pinning their hopes?

The opinion research institute Civey and WirtschaftsWoche have asked about 8,000 participants from Germany for their opinion in the past few days.

They were given the following question: “Which of these possible next US presidents would be best for the global economy, in your opinion?”. The possible answers were: “Donald Trump”, “Joe Biden”, “Bernie Sanders”, “None of the above” or “I don’t know”. Below are the results.

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In terms of economic competence alone, Joe Biden is the clear front-runner, as 35% of the people surveyed believe that the 77-year-old ex-vice-president from Pennsylvania to be the best candidate for the economy, while only 16.7% backed Bernie Sanders on that matter.

Could this be due to his political orientation? Because Sanders calls himself a “democratic socialist” in the “motherland of capitalism”.

Yet, Sanders is still almost six percentage points ahead of Donald Trump.

The 78-year-old democratic socialist’s highest approval rating is found among 18- to 29-year-olds, almost 30% of whom support him.

However, even in that age group, Biden scores even better with 31.5%. And among those over the age of 60, Biden convinces almost 40% of those surveyed, compared to Sanders having a bit more than 10% and Trump 7.6%.

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Overall, respondents within all five age groups consider Biden and Sanders to be economically more competent than Trump, the 45th president of the USA.

While Trump scores best among the self-employed, where he has his highest approval rating  (15.1%), Biden is particularly popular among retirees (39.3%) and Sanders among students (29.5%).

Michael Bloomberg, the Democratic candidate with the most remarkable business career dropped from the presidential race on Wednesday (4 March), despite having shelled out more than half a billion dollars in his campaign.

However, Bloomberg has announced that he now wants to support Biden, which could help Biden in his bid to win the presidency.

[Edited by Zoran Radosavljevic]

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