Poll: Voters feel optimistic, nervous about Biden administration ahead of inauguration day

Voters feel optimistic and nervous about the incoming Biden administration ahead of inauguration day, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Twenty-three percent of registered voters in the Jan. 8-11 survey said they feel optimistic when asked about their feelings ahead of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate Democrats negotiating changes to coronavirus bill Rural Americans are the future of the clean energy economy — policymakers must to catch up WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year MORE's inauguration, while 15 percent said they feel nervous.

Thirteen percent said they feel pessimistic, 11 percent said they felt relieved and 10 percent feel angry. 

Around 7 percent of respondents said they felt excited, sad and indifferent, at roughly 7 percent each.


The survey found divides in general feeling about the incoming administration along party lines.

Almost 4 in 10 Democratic voters said they feel optimistic — 38 percent — while just 7 percent of Republican voters said the same.

Roughly one in four Republican respondents said they feel pessimistic and nervous, at 24 and 23 percent, respectively. 

Another 20 percent of Republicans said they feel angry.

The poll comes ahead of Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20. 

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 2,854 registered voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.8 percentage points. 

Gabriela Schulte