The race for the White House has begun and the outcome of the US Presidential Election in 2020 will have a global impact. This page provides an in-depth analysis of developments surrounding the US Election in November 2020 and its impact on transatlantic trade and business.

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Survey before the US Presidential Election 2020


Free trade, healthcare, infrastructure and energy policy should be priorities of the next US Administration

 

The majority of surveyed members of AmCham Germany believe that prospects for a transatlantic free trade agreement could improve under a possible Biden Administration.

Berlin, September 14, 2020 – The US presidential election will take place on November 3, 2020, and members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany (AmCham Germany) are starting to prepare for the next US Administration after the election. According to the surveyed members, the priorities of the next US Administration should be a transatlantic free trade agreement (63.1%), healthcare reform (53.6%), investment in infrastructure (47.6%) and expansion of renewable energy (45.2%).

Seventy-six percent of members believe that prospects for a transatlantic free trade agreement will only improve under a possible Biden Administration. Should Donald Trump be re-elected, 81% of the members surveyed believe that the prospects for further FTA negotiations will deteriorate. "Regardless of the electoral outcome in November, we will work together fully and openly with the next US Administration," says Frank Sportolari, President of AmCham Germany. "It is our joint responsibility to promote and strengthen open and fair trade on both sides of the Atlantic," says Sportolari.


Divide between Republicans and Democrats will grow and the ability of the US Congress to act will be compromised

The growing gap between Republicans and Democrats is also a concern for the members of AmCham Germany. Seventy-six percent of the members surveyed believe that the partisan divide will grow in the coming years. Roughly 54% of the members surveyed stated that they believe that Congress will not pass any essential legislation in the next four years. "Regardless of who wins the election in November, it is essential for the work of Congress and the next president that one works together," said Frank Sportolari. "The challenges facing the country must be addressed and resolved across party lines."

The entire results of our survey before the US Presidential Election can be found here.

Download the press release in German here and in English here

 

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Our US Presidential Election Information Hub keeps you updated on the latest developments concerning the US Election and its impact on transatlantic business. Here, you’ll find results from surveys with our members on election developments, answers to frequently asked questions, information about events and reading recommendations. We’ll also provide you with the latest information about new activities at AmCham Germany, such as virtual events. 

*AmCham Germany is part of the virtual event series Road to Election Night & Beyond. Below you will find AmCham Germany and Road to Election Night events and the registration links for all the events in conncetion with the US Presidential Election 2020.

 

Insights Call Webinar | 2020 US Presidential Election Outlook

  • Date | Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

  • Speaker | former Senate Majority Leader Senator Tom Daschle

  • Host | The Daschle Group, a Public Policy Advisory of Baker Donelson

  • Register here.

 

Road to Election Night & Beyond | Knowing Each Other? Mutual Perceptions Across the Atlantic

  • Date| Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

  • Speaker | Dr. Emily Haber, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States and John Emerson, Former Ambassador of the United States to Germany, Chairman of the American Council on Germany

  • Register here.

 

14th Transatlantic Business Conference (Virtual)

  • Date | November 12, 2020 (03:00 PM - 06:30 PM)

  • Panel 1 | US Election: What Can We Expect Now?

  • Panel 2 | The Road to Economic Recovery: The Transatlantic Partnership Post COVID-19

As part of its ongoing communications activities, AmCham Germany will be conducting frequent surveys among its members on the US Presidential Election 2020. The first member survey was conducted in September 2020.


Member Survey on the US before the Presidential Election - September 2020

Main takeaways:
 

  • According to survey participants, the next US Administration after the election should focus on free trade, healthcare, infrastructure and energy policy.
  • The majority of surveyed members believe that prospects for a transatlantic free trade agreement could improve under a possible Biden Administration.

Read our press release and view the entire survey results.