Better? There is no BETTER program in my opinion as it is pretty much the gold standard for editing in my experience (besides something like avid w/dedicated hw). Easiest to use? Hell no. I actually use Vegas Video (I think Sony bought it?) because it's a lot more intuitive for me as a long time PC user. Premiere has always felt like it was designed for the Mac and then ported over to the PC and really doesn't feel like a Windows app.
If you want full-featured editing tools that can do just about anything, you can't go wrong with either, but I think Vegas is much easier to pick up for the uninitiated.
I've also heard that pinnacle and ulead have been catching up but I haven't used them for a year or two now as they were sorta clunky next to the Premiere and Vegas.
Just my $.02