New Survey: 55% Say Kamala Harris, Who Had 7-10% Base Support, Not Qualified To Be President

Majority of Americans believe Vice President Kamala Harris is not qualified to be president according to a recent survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports.

The poll, via national telephone and online survey, asked, “How qualified is Kamala Harris to assume the responsibilities of the presidency?” and found that 55% of respondents saying they felt she was not.

“Only 43% of Likely U.S. Voters think Harris is qualified to assume the duties of the presidency, including 29% who think she is Very Qualified,” the pollster said, adding that the recent rating is down from the 49% in April who said Harris was qualified to become president. 

“Now, 55% say Harris is not qualified to assume the duties of the presidency, including 47% who say she is Not At All Qualified,” Rasmussen added.

The New York Post took notice of how the former senator from California has remained largely out of the public eye recently after being highly visible during the start of the Biden administration. 

“Harris has not held a public event since last week, when she cut short a meeting with CEOs to discuss the Biden administration’s childcare proposals in order to receive an intelligence briefing about Afghanistan,” the publication wrote. 

“Since then, she has taken part in at least four briefings with President Biden and his national security team, but has confined her public statements about Afghanistan to Twitter and did not appear at Biden’s side when he attempted to defend the withdrawal in remarks from the White House East Room Monday,” it added.

The survey was taken between August 12 and August 15, when Taliban forces were advancing in Afghanistan that eventually led to the collapse of that country’s US-backed government weeks before the US’ deadline to remove military forces in the country.

But in April, Harris boasted how she was always the last person in the room” when Democrat President Joe Biden would make “big decisions.”

The Post said this includes Biden’s move to publicly announce pulling out American troops out of Afghanistan by September 11.

“When Joe Biden asked me to join him on the ticket, he did so with a sense of intentionality, of purpose, knowing that he and I may have very different life experiences, but we also have the same values and operate from the same principles,” Harris said as she earlier appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union with” CNN’s Dana Bash.

“But it was something that I know he was very intentional about in terms of asking me to run with him and to serve with him, which is that I will bring a perspective that will contribute to the overall decisions that we make.”

“He and I are in almost every meeting together, have made almost every decision together,” she added, further saying that “Yes, I carry a great, great sense of responsibility, if not the seriousness of the responsibility, to be in this position and be a voice for those who have not traditionally been in the room.”

The host then said: “President Biden always said that he wants you to be the last person in the room, particularly for big decisions, just as he was for President Obama.”

To which, Harris replied with a resounding “yes,” saying she was also the last person when Biden decided on Afghanistan.

Asked by host Dana Bash whether she feels “confident” about Biden’s decision to pull out American troops out of Afghanistan, Harris replied: “I do.”

“And I’m going to tell you something about him,” she went on. “He is acutely aware that it may not be politically popular or advantageous for him personally. It’s really something to see. And I wish that the American public could see sometimes what I see, because, ultimately — and the decision always rests with him, but I have seen him over and over again make decisions based exactly on what he believes is right, regardless of what maybe the political people tell him is in his best selfish interest,” the Democratic VP added.

As the Biden administration continues to take a hit from the Afghanistan debacle, Harris has resorted to tweeting her sentiments, rather than appearing in public or doing interviews to defend the administration’s move.

“For two decades, our courageous service members put their lives on the line in Afghanistan. We will always be grateful — and proud,” she tweeted Monday. “Ending US military involvement in Afghanistan is the right decision,” Harris said.

The following day, she tweeted again: “We went to Afghanistan almost 20 years ago. Now, our mission is to get our people, our allies, and vulnerable Afghans to safety outside of the country.” 

This is not the first time that Harris poll rating tanked. 

Harris also became the most unpopular vice president since the 1970s according to polls released earlier this month, despite being on the job for just six months. 

As of July 27, The Los Angeles Times said that “5% of registered voters had a favorable opinion of Harris and 48% had an unfavorable opinion — a net rating of -3 percentage points, according to a Times average.”

Separately, a recent YouGov tracking poll revealed that the Democratic vice president’s unfavorability rating reached 49%, with a lower favorability rating at 45%.


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