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Biden and Harris seen as more moderate than Trump and Pence: poll

The Hill logo The Hill 8/13/2020 Marty Johnson
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American voters view the Democratic ticket of former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as more moderate than the GOP ticket of President Trump and Vice President Pence, a new Morning Consult poll finds.

The poll was conducted Aug. 12, the day after Biden announced Harris as his running mate.

On Morning Consult's political ideological scale - 1 being "very liberal," 7 being "very conservative" and 4 being "moderate" - voters placed Harris just to the left of Biden. Voters did not place Harris as far to the left as they placed Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in earlier iterations of the survey.

Meanwhile, Trump and Pence are closer to "very conservative" than Biden and Harris are to "very liberal."

Trump and his campaign have come out swinging against Harris this week, labeling her as "phony." They have also sought to cast Harris as moving the Biden ticket to the left.

On Thursday, Trump attacked Harris on a number of fronts during an interview on Fox Business Network.

"Now you have a, sort of a mad woman, I call her, because she was so angry and such hatred with Justice [Brett] Kavanaugh," Trump told Maria Bartiromo, referencing for a third consecutive day Harris's questioning of his Supreme Court nominee in 2018. "She was the angriest of the group, and they were all angry."

Before the interview, Trump tweeted, "The Fake News Media is giving [Harris] a free pass despite her Radical Left failures and very poor run in the Democrat Primary. There was nobody meaner or more condescending to Slow Joe, not even me, and yet she quickly evaporated down to almost zero in the polls. Bad!"

Despite Trump's offensive to paint Harris as a liberal, many progressives were less than pleased with Biden's decision, citing her prosecutorial record as California's attorney general.

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