Kamala Harris not having much effect on voters after being picked for VP, poll shows

An overwhelming majority of Americans say having Sen. Kamala Harris on the Democratic presidential ticket won’t make a difference on how they vote, a poll released on Monday said.

Seventy-one percent of respondents said the California lawmaker won’t impact their choice, while 17 percent said her appearance makes them more likely to vote for the Democratic ticket and 10 percent said it makes them less likely to vote for the Democrats, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll.

The survey, released on the first day of the Democratic National Convention, also shows that enthusiasm has been building for former Vice President Joe Biden, with those supporting him rising to 48 percent from 28 percent in March.

President Trump leads him with 65 percent strong enthusiasm.

Still, Biden leads Trump 53 to 41 percent among registered voters and 54 to 44 percent among likely voters.

Seventy-one percent of Trump backers said they support the president and 26 percent said they oppose Biden.

Among Biden supporters, 38 percent back the former vice president and 59 percent oppose Trump.

According to the poll, 54 percent say Harris is qualified to take over as president if something happens to Biden – the same amount who say Vice President Mike Pence could step in for Trump.

The poll surveyed a random national sample of 1,001 adults between Aug. 12 – 15.

It has a plus/minus 3.5 percent points margin of error.

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