Less than half believe Harris qualified to take over for Biden: Rasmussen

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Kamala Harris is sliding in popularity, according to a new Rasmussen survey. (YouTube, ABC News)

Fewer than half (43%) of likely U.S. voters told a recent Rasmussen poll they think Vice President Kamala Harris is “qualified to assume the duties of the presidency, including 29% who think she is Very Qualified.”

“That’s down from April, when 49% said Harris was qualified to become president,” Rasmussen disclosed Thursday.

And here’s the biggest rub of the survey: “Now, 55% say Harris is not qualified to assume the duties of the presidency, including 47% who say she is Not at All Qualified.”

“Fifty-six percent (56%) have an unfavorable impression of Harris,” the survey revealed, “including 47% whose impression of her is Very Unfavorable. That represents a decline in the vice president’s favorability since April, when 46% had a favorable impression of Harris.”

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The survey was conducted Aug 12 and 15 from among 1,000 likely voters. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points, with a 95 percent level of confidence, Rasmussen said.

When Harris was running for president, she dropped out early. Yet she is the person Joe Biden selected as a running mate, leaving many to believe Democrats want credit for sending the first woman to the Oval Office. That means a fair number of Americans think Biden will not finish his term, a possibility unearthed by Rasmussen, which found “Fifty-one percent (51%) think it is likely President Biden will leave office and be replaced by Harris before the 2024 election, including 29% who say it’s Very Likely.

“Thirty-seven percent (37%) don’t believe it’s likely Biden will be replaced by Harris before 2024, including 15% who say it is Not at All Likely. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure,” Rasmussen Reports said.

Right now, Biden is on the hot seat for what many are calling a gross mishandling of the crisis in Afghanistan. Despite his address to the nation about the weekend debacle in Kabul, the Afghan capital city, the growing consensus is that Biden blew it by seriously underestimating the ability of the Taliban to capture the country, and overestimating the willingness of the U.S.-trained and equipped Afghan army.

Naturally, support for Harris breaks down along partisan lines. According to Rasmussen,

Seventy-three percent (73%) of Democrats have a favorable impression of Harris, according to the polling firm, but a whopping 85 percent of Republicans have an unfavorable impression, as do 24 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of unaffiliated voters.

“Seventy-three percent (73%) of Republicans say Harris is Not at All Qualified to assume the duties of the presidency, an opinion shared by 17% of Democrats and 52% of unaffiliated voters,” Rasmussen reported.

Fifty-four percent of Democrats consider Harris to be Very Qualified to assume the duties of the presidency, but just seven percent of Republicans and 20 percent of unaffiliated voters agree, Rasmussen said.


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