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New Cold War will be chilling for Ireland - whether Trump or Biden is in White House

Dan O'Brien


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Polarising: No US president since records began has had such consistently high approval ratings among his own party’s supporters – and such unfavourable ratings among opposition voters. Photo: Getty

Polarising: No US president since records began has had such consistently high approval ratings among his own party’s supporters – and such unfavourable ratings among opposition voters. Photo: Getty

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Polarising: No US president since records began has had such consistently high approval ratings among his own party’s supporters – and such unfavourable ratings among opposition voters. Photo: Getty

Donald Trump is a polarising figure. No US president since records began has had such consistently high approval ratings among his own party's supporters - the latest Gallup survey shows 85pc of Republicans give him the thumbs-up. Among Democrats, his approval rating in the same poll was just 5pc.

Here in Ireland there is no polarisation of opinion on the US president. Trump is almost universally unpopular. Most people would like to see the back of him and many support his rival, Joe Biden, in November's presidential election.

Few could argue that a Biden presidency would not be better for Ireland than a second term for the incumbent. On a whole range of issues - from security to climate change and the willingness to build alliances with like-minded countries - the Democratic candidate aligns more closely with Ireland's interests and values.