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Kamala Harris Rolls Out ‘Economic Opportunity’ Tour To Boost Biden Polling

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Vice President Kamala Harris is using an “economic opportunity” tour to try and dispel unfavorable opinions about President Joe Biden’s economic management.

Harris is on a tour across the country to raise awareness about abortion access. She started this tour last year by going to college campuses. She began her tour with a moderated conversation in Atlanta and then another event in Detroit. Both Georgia and Michigan are very close races for the general election in November.

“President Biden and I are committed to creating an economy in which every person has the freedom to thrive,” Harris said in a statement. “That is why we have taken historic steps to advance economic opportunity by increasing access to capital, investing in small businesses, addressing housing costs, forgiving student loans and medical debt, investing in infrastructure, and championing additional policies that put money in people’s pockets and build wealth.”

While the president remains in Washington, D.C., the White House and Biden’s re-election campaign have come to rely more and more on Harris’s travels; however, Harris’s schedule is also getting busier following the State of the Union in March.

She has traveled more than 35 times to 16 states since the year began.

As the first black woman to serve as vice president of the United States, Harris has directed a large portion of her outreach efforts toward minority voters, who, according to polls, are losing interest in Biden.

RealClearPolitics reports that Harris’s favorability rating is a net negative 17 percentage points, while Biden’s is net negative 14.5 points.

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Six months before Election Day, Harris’s economic opportunity tour aligns with polling, which highlights how the economy may pose Biden’s greatest political obstacle. According to the same polling aggregator, Biden’s average job approval is net negative 16 points, while his economic approval is net negative 17.

A new poll reveals that Biden has recently lost some ground to former President Donald Trump.

Spencer Kimball, executive director of Emerson College Polling, revealed that “voters who think the cost of living is rising support Trump over Biden, 56% to 32%.”

Kimball added: “Income perception aligns with candidate preference, with those feeling their income is far below average favoring Trump 50% to 32% and those feeling it’s far above average favoring Biden 55% to 29%.”

Trump has 46% of the vote, compared to 43% for Biden, according to the Emerson College poll. Since Emerson’s survey from earlier this month, Biden has seen a two-point decline. In contrast, Trump kept his 46% of the vote.

Emerson also examined how voters are attracted to Biden or Trump based on the number of hours they put in at work each week.

Not even close, for those who work the hardest to make a living.

From Emerson: “Analysis of voter work hours reveals distinct candidate preferences. Non-workers are evenly split: 45% support Trump, 44% Biden. Those working 30 hours or less favor Biden over Trump (52% to 37%), while those in the 30-40 hour bracket are divided (45% Biden, 43% Trump). Trump gains support among those working 40-60 hours, with increasing margins as hours increase, peaking at 80% for those working over 60 hours, compared to 7% for Biden.”

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Below are some more of the topline findings from the Emerson poll:

–On a ballot test including independent candidates, 44% support Trump, 40% Biden, 8% Robert Kennedy Jr., and 1% Cornel West; 8% are undecided.

–Kennedy Jr. has the support of 13% of independent voters, 12% of voters under 30, and 9% of Black voters.

–In a hypothetical ballot test for the 2024 U.S. congressional elections, a generic congressional Democrat and Republican are tied at 45%, while 11% are undecided.

–Among undecided voters in the presidential election, 31% support the Democratic congressional candidate, and 19% the Republican; 50% are undecided in the generic congressional election.

–The economy is the top issue for 36% of voters, followed by immigration at 21%, threats to democracy at 10%, healthcare at 9%, abortion access at 7%, and crime at 6%.

–Compared with American families in general, 44% of voters think their family income is average, while 38% think it is below average, and 18% think their family income is above average.

A majority of voters (56%) are unsure if they are getting an accurate picture of how the war is going in Israel and Gaza, while 25% think they are and 19% think they are not.

“Perceptions of receiving accurate war information show a significant split,” Kimball noted. “Biden leads among those who think they are getting accurate information (53% to 36%), while Trump leads among skeptics (53% to 38%). Those unsure are divided, with 44% leaning toward Trump and 42% toward Biden.”

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