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 BidenTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation US records 2,300 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic rises with holidays 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