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Survey of Scientists Finds Biden Support

Scientists largely support former Vice President Joe Biden in the upcoming US election, Nature News reports.

Nature surveyed about 900 of its readers from the US and around the world about their preference for US president. It reports that 86 percent of respondents favor former Vice President Joe Biden, while 8 percent prefer President Donald Trump. When limited to respondents intending to vote in the election, about the same percentage support Biden, it adds.

The issues of concern to scientists in the election varied based on their preferred candidate. According to Nature News, scientists who support Biden are most concerned about climate change and the response to the pandemic, with scientists who support President Trump are concerned about the economy and immigration. 

Vanderbilt University's Cindy Kam tells Nature News that, although the survey is not representative, it was still surprising to see such a large margin of support for Biden.