The Washington Times - August 21, 2013, 09:56AM

As Vice President Joseph Biden gears up for a potential 2016 presidential run, new polling data out Wednesday found that likely voters are split down the middle on the Delaware Democrat.

Forty-six percent of likely voters have a favorable or somewhat favorable opinion of Mr. Biden, while 47 percent view him unfavorably, a Rasmussen survey shows.

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Mr. Biden, a longtime U.S. senator before becoming then-Sen. Barack Obama’s ticket in 2008, is widely expected to run for his party’s presidential nomination in 2016. He’ll likely square off against Hillary Clinton, though other Democrats are likely to jump into the mix as well.

Like Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Biden has a mixed reputation among the American electorate.

About 30 percent have a “very unfavorable” opinion of the vice president, while just 19 percent have a “very favorable” view of him, the poll shows.