Among the most important qualifications for any vice president is a perceived ability to fully assume the duties of the presidency in an instant.
According to a recent poll, however, a majority of likely U.S. voters are apparently not convinced that Vice President Kamala Harris is up to the task.
Voters unsure about qualifications
As the Biden administration closes in on its first 100 days, Rasmussen Reports surveyed 1,000 likely U.S. voters between April 19-20 to gauge their opinion of Harris so far.
The survey, which comes with a margin of error of about 3%, found that a slim majority held an unfavorable view of her performance and do not believe she is capable and qualified to take over for President Joe Biden if the need arises.
Pollsters reported that 51% of respondents held an unfavorable view — including 43% who said described their opinion as “very unfavorable.” In contrast, 46% expressed a favorable opinion, with 28% registering a “very favorable” impression of the vice president.
As for her qualifications to immediately succeed Biden, half say she is not up to the task, which is four points higher than the 46% who think she would be ready for the top job right now.
At roughly the same point in the Trump administration, Rasmussen similarly polled 1,000 likely voters about then-Vice President Mike Pence’s capabilities.
Similar results found in other polls
In that survey, 63% said he would be qualified to take over for then-President Donald Trump, including 40% who believed his was “very qualified.” On the other hand, just 32% said he was unqualified, which included 15% who described him as “not at all qualified” to serve as commander in chief.
It seems Harris still has some work to do in convincing Americans not only that she is qualified to take the helm if needed, but also that she is performing well in her current role.
Another survey conducted by Statista polled 1,490 U.S. adults earlier this month and found that the vice president had a combined favorability rating of 45%, including 19% who found her “somewhat favorable” and 26% who described their opinion as “very favorable.”
Her combined unfavorability rating was one point higher, though, with a full 35% registering a “very unfavorable” opinion.
While the RealClearPolitics average of polls gives Harris a 5.7% positive spread in her favorability rating, a glance at the individual survey results shows that for every few polls revealing an even or slightly negative view, there are a couple of polls portraying her as widely popular with a double-digit positive spread that seems laughably out of place in comparison to the other results.