By virtue of her current position as vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris would ordinarily be automatically considered to be her party’s heir apparent, but recent polling reveals that voters in large numbers no longer have faith in her ability to effectively serve, as the New York Post reports.
A Rasmussen Reports survey disseminated earlier this week shows that a staggering 55% of likely American voters believe that Harris is either “not at all qualified” or simply “not qualified” to hold the highest office in the land.
By contrast, only 43% of respondents expressed the opinion that Harris is either “qualified” or “very qualified” to hold the title of the nation’s chief executive, a number that represents a drop from 49% of participants in the same poll taken in April who felt confident in her abilities.
Perhaps unfortunately for Harris, the Rasmussen survey was conducted between Aug. 12 and Aug. 15, just as the world was witnessing the shocking speed with which the Taliban was overtaking the American-backed government in Afghanistan.
During the intervening period, Harris has attempted to stay out of the limelight, eschewing live public events until Friday afternoon, when she stood alongside President Joe Biden as he delivered remarks at the White House addressing the ongoing crisis.
Limiting her engagement with the Afghanistan situation largely to Twitter in recent days, Harris said on Tuesday, “We went to Afghanistan almost 20 years ago,” as the Post noted, adding, “Now, our mission is to get our people, our allies, and vulnerable Afghans to safety outside of the country.”
Those remarks seemed a far cry from the boastfulness with which she told CNN in April about the day Biden decided to fully withdraw American troops and bragged that she was the last person in the room with the president when he acted “based on his years of doing this work and studying these issues.”
Afghanistan aside, voter perception of Harris’ abilities has been in decline for several months, amid a series of scandals ranging from her inaction in the assigned role of administration point person for the migrant influx at the southern border to infighting and allegations of mistreatment among her own White House staff.
Though Americans were clearly already experiencing serious buyer’s remorse when it comes to the Biden-Harris tandem, the far-reaching incompetence laid bare in recent days and weeks has only solidified the belief of many that the former senator from California simply is not ready for prime time.