Ever since he took office, there has been much speculation about whether Joe Biden has the physical and mental stamina to endure four years at the nation’s helm, a fact which has led many to suspect that his second in command may end up taking the reins before his term is over.
However, as a new poll reveals, Americans are far from convinced that Kamala Harris is qualified to assume the office of the presidency, with a significant number having a “very unfavorable” opinion of the vice president, as the Washington Examiner reports.
According to a Rasmussen Reports survey of likely voters conducted earlier this month, 41% of respondents declared Harris “not at all qualified” to serve as president, with an additional 9% asserting that she is “not very qualified.”
When it comes to Democrats’ take on Harris’ credentials for the presidency, 18% indicated a belief that she is not qualified, with 15% of those saying she is “not at all qualified.”
Harris’ numbers were especially poor among the all-important independent voters, with 48% in that group stating that she is “not at all qualified,” and another 12% believing she is “not very qualified,” as The Federalist noted.
Also sure to cause alarm in the Harris camp is the Rasmussen survey’s finding that 51% of likely voters polled have an unfavorable impression of the former senator from California, a number that includes 43% whose opinion of her is “very unfavorable.” Only 28% of participants characterized their impression of Harris as “very favorable.”
When it comes to older Americans, roughly 55% of those over the age of 65 have an unfavorable opinion of Harris, and 42% of white respondents and a majority of middle-income earners reported the same.
There were a few bright spots for Harris in the poll however, as her favorability with Black voters, respondents under the age of 40 and those with incomes exceeding $200,000 annually remaining higher than among the broader electorate.
Though there is still a long way to go until the 2024 presidential election, the Rasmussen survey offers real cause for optimism within the ranks of the GOP. Currently 78 years of age, Biden is thought unlikely to seek a second term in office, and with presumptive Democrat nominee Harris suffering from such low favorability among voters, Republican prospects look very bright, indeed.