Russia prefers Donald Trump as next US president: Survey

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Berlin, April 19: A lot of countries around the world are pitching for former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton as the successor to President Barack Obama, but Russia, known to be one of the USA's biggest rival in international politics, has backed Republican real-estate tycoon Donald Trump as the next occupant of the White House.

According to a new survey carried out by YouGov for the Handelsblatt Global Edition, Russia is the only major nation which prefers the 69-year-old controversial candidate to be the next American president. [Trump looks to win big in NY primary]

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The survey, which covered more than 20,000 in every G20 nation, showed Trump leading by 21 points in Russia. Clinton, on the other hand, leads over Trump by over 21 points in 15 other nations.

Although, neither Trump nor Clinton have yet bagged the nomination for the presidential election from the Republican and Democratic parties, respectively. Both parties will go to a high-profile primary in New York on Tuesday (April 19).

While Trump is fighting it out against Ted Cruz and John Kasich to get the nomination, Clinton is facing a stiff challenge from Bernie Sanders.

Mexico topped the list of nations that disapproved of Trump and backed Clinton as the next American president. Trump has had a serious face-off with Mexico as he has been constantly stressing building a wall at the US-Mexico border to prevent "illegal" immigration and also had a bitter exchange of words with former Mexican president Vincente Fox.

While Mexico gave Clinton a 54-point lead, the 14 others gave her a lead between 38 and 12 points. Besides the 15 nations, Indonesia, India and China also backed Clinton more but they were represented by online voters. The last three countries gave Clinton a lead by 32, 29 and 12 points, respectively.

The survey also said that 79 per cent of the Russians are not happy with their economic situation but yet 74 per cent voted for their president Vladimir Putin as the most trusted leader.

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