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Poll: More than 4 in 10 voters say refusal to start transition will hurt Biden's presidency

More than 40 percent of voters said the Trump administration's refusal to begin the transition process will harm President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenWoman accused of trying to sell Pelosi laptop to Russians arrested Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Trump moves to lift coronavirus travel restrictions on Europe, Brazil MORE's ability to govern, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Forty-two percent of registered voters said the decision not to start the transition will be harmful to Biden's ability to address issues like the coronavirus pandemic and national security after he is sworn in on Inauguration Day.

But roughly the same amount, 41 percent, said it will have no effect.

On the issue of the economy, a plurality of voters, 44 percent, said the administration's move makes no difference in Biden's ability to govern.

Fifty-nine percent of Democrats said the administration's reluctance to initiate the transition is harmful to Biden's ability to take over the handling of the pandemic, with 57 percent saying it will hamper his economic response and and 60 percent saying it will hurt his ability to address national security issues.

By contrast, a majority of Republican voters said the refusal to commence the transition at this time makes no difference to Biden's ability to take over those areas.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online Nov. 17-19 among 1,873 registered voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.26 percentage points.

Gabriela Schulte