If once wasn’t enough, California Sen. Kamala Harris (D) and her Oval Office ambitions have once again been rejected by the American people.
According to a new report from the Washington Examiner, the results of a poll taken by the outlet in conjunction with YouGov show that less than half of voters — 49% — feel Harris is “well prepared” to assume the presidency if given the chance.
Crunching the numbers
Questions about whether Harris would take over the role of commander-in-chief have been swirling since Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden first chose her as his running mate.
Biden would be the oldest sitting president if elected, according to a report from the Delaware News Journal, and over half of respondents to an August survey indicated that they doubted the former vice president could make it through an entire four-year term, the New York Post reported.
But during the Democratic presidential primary season, Harris was unable to convince voters that she was up for the task of leading the free world — and it seems even a boost from Biden has failed to turn things around.
Citing its poll with YouGov, the Washington Examiner reported Tuesday that 49% of respondents said they believed Harris “is well prepared” to become president, “while 44% say she is not.”
By contrast, 56% of respondents said Vice President Mike Pence “is well prepared to become president,” the Examiner reported, “compared to 36% who believe he is not well prepared.”
Pence and Harris
Pence also has more support among Republicans than Harris does among voters in her party: 91% of Republicans said Pence is ready to lead, while 86% of Dems said the same of the California senator.
Pence also bested his Democratic rival among independent voters, 53% of whom say he is well prepared to take over from President Trump, according to the Examiner/YouGov poll. Just 44% of independents said the same of Harris.
Of course, while Biden’s age and history of gaffes have raised questions about his ability to finish a term as president, it isn’t just Dems who have been forced to think about whether their VP nominee could take over the Oval. The role of the vice president has taken on an unusual degree of importance in this campaign for both parties, especially after President Trump’s recent case of coronavirus.
The president seems to be recovering well, however, even appearing in an NBC News town hall on Thursday night. The appearance came just a little over a week after the vice presidential debate between Pence and Harris, which Trump had characterized as a victory for his campaign.
Mike Pence WON BIG!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2020