Half of US voters, including 60% of independents, say Vice President Kamala Harris is unqualified to assume the role of president – a troubling poll stat, given that many Americans don’t expect Joe Biden to serve his full term.
A Rasmussen Reports poll released on Monday showed that 41% of likely US voters see Harris as “not at all qualified” to take over the responsibilities of the presidency, and 9% believe she is “not very qualified.” The research firm based its findings on a survey of 1,000 likely voters.
The negative outlook on Harris’ readiness for the job of president is especially strong among Republicans, 74% of whom see her as unqualified. But independents also lack confidence in the vice president, with 48% of respondents saying she is “not at all qualified” and 12% seeing her as “not very qualified.”
Among Democrats, only 18% see Harris as unqualified, including 15% who say she is “not at all qualified.” Harris performed poorly in the 2020 Democrat presidential primaries, even in her home state of California, despite being one of the mainstream media’s favored candidates. After winning the party’s nomination for president, Biden chose then-senator Harris as his running mate last August, and media outlets hailed her as the first black vice-presidential candidate and the first of South Asian descent.