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Rasmussen Poll: Voters Prefer Kamala Harris over Mike Pence As Hypothetical President

A new poll released found that more voters preferred Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris over Vice President Mike Pence in a hypothetical race for president.

The thought of a President Kamala Harris is chilling for conservatives. However, there are reasons why some Americans might be skeptical.

The Rasmussen survey of roughly 1,000 voters reported that should both major candidates drop out of the race, half of the voters would cast a vote for Harris.

By comparison, 45 percent said they would back Pence.

The polling firm noted that this represented a reversal from four years ago when Pence bested 2016 Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine by six points.

Still, Rasmussen made clear that this poll’s results were obtained just before Harris and Pence squared off in the first and only vice presidential debate.

Like many other polls taken in recent weeks, this report from Rasmussen appears to show that American voters are leaning hard towards the Democratic ticket.

But not everyone is sold on this.

As Blaze TV commentator Steve Deace explained in a series of tweets, those surveys often seem to conflict with what’s happening on the ground.

“Taken as a whole, the narrative of the public polling is this: Joe Biden is a stronger candidate at this stage than Barack Obama was in 2008, and Donald Trump is a weaker incumbent at this stage than George HW Bush was in 1992,” Deace wrote.

He added in another post: “The latest @Rasmussen_Poll — the most accurate national poll of 2016 — says Biden is going to out-perform FDR’s final re-elect in 1944 in the midst of WWII.”

Deace noted last Wednesday, “Average margin of victory in Florida the last 7 presidential elections is 2.5 points. Today’s @QuinnipiacPoll has Biden out-performing that by 400%.”

Just a day before, the conservative commentator pointed out suspicious numbers in the Keystone State, remarking, “The Monmouth Poll is claiming Biden is going to out-perform Obama 08 in PA. Obama has the biggest Democrat presidential win since LBJ in 1964.”

Those numbers don’t seem to fit with voter registration trends in the state.

Fox News reported that as of June, Pennsylvania Republicans had gained almost 165,000 new voters since 2016, whereas Democrats had only picked up around 30,000.

Harris also has a likeability problem.

According to GOP pollster Frank Luntz, many Americans agreed that Harris had a poor performance, though they didn’t use such controversial language.

“The complaint about Kamala Harris was that she was abrasive and condescending,” Luntz told Fox News regarding how his focus group reacted to the debate.

One thing that they strongly reacted to negatively was Harris’ facial expressions, which many considered “condescending.”

Luntz wrote “My undecided voters think Mike Pence is more professional, but that he looks tired. They think Kamala Harris is more passionate, but her reaction-faces are really bothering people.”

He added in a later tweet: “I might get #cancelled for this, but my undecided focus group doesn’t like how Kamala Harris interacts with her opponent. We saw this in the Dem debates – she is applauded for her knowledge, but they just don’t like her ‘condescending reactions.’ #VPDebate.”

Asked to describe Pence in one word, members of Luntz’s focus group used words like “robot, presidential, even-keeled, bland, regressive, professional, pathetic, calm, typical politician, comfortable, no emotion.”

Asked to describe Harris in one word, members of Luntz’s focus group used words such as “evasive, nervous, shifting blame, caring, snarky, too rehearsed, nervous, evasive, abrasive, unsteady, rigid, unpresidential.”