A new poll indicates a majority of voters, as well as close to half of Democrats, are not confident Vice President Kamala Harris is prepared to step up to fill the role of president should it be necessary.
The Trafalgar/Convention of States poll, which surveyed more than 1,100 likely voters in the 2022 midterm election between July 12 and 13, showed about 64 percent of respondents saying they are not confident Harris is ready to be president, with close to 60 percent being “not confident at all.”
“Our last poll found that most Americans don’t believe Joe Biden is actually running the country, and today we’re learning voters think Kamala Harris’ tenure as Vice President has been a disaster, and she’s absolutely not ready to step in and take his place,” said Mark Meckler, president of Convention of States Action. “Washington, D.C., has never been more radically out of step with the will of the American people than right now.”
The majority of Democrats who participated in the poll maintained confidence that the vice president would be suitable to potentially assume the presidency should it be necessary, but by a slim margin, with 43 percent of them lacking confidence in Harris. Republican responses differed sharply from the left, with 88.4 percent of respondents indicating they are not confident at all or not very confident Harris is prepared to assume the presidency.
In addition to skirting her duties to lead the White House’s immigration response, given that Harris did not visit the southern border for 93 days, a Politico report last month indicated allegations of an “abusive” atmosphere in the vice president’s office, with staffers noting they “often feel mistreated.”
It remains unclear if President Joe Biden, the oldest commander-in-chief to date at 78, will run for re-election in 2024.