In the wake of President Joe Biden’s disastrous withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, an increasing number of Americans are concerned that he is unfit for the White House.
According to a new poll, however, the first person in line to replace him might not be seen as any more equipped for the job than he is.
Polls reveal sagging numbers
The recent Rasmussen Reports survey was released on Thursday and found that just 43% of respondents believe Vice President Kamala Harris is qualified to be president while 55% said she is not.
A similar question in April found that 49% of those polled believed she was ready for the position.
Among those who have a strong opinion one way or the other, Harris is particularly underwater in the latest poll. While 47% said she is “not at all qualified,” fewer than 3 in 10 described her as “very qualified” to be president.
The new numbers come as Harris and Biden maintain a low profile during a period of bipartisan backlash against the administration over a military withdrawal that paved the way for Afghanistan to fall to the Taliban in a matter of days.
Harris has not appeared in public for a week and appears to be avoiding tough questions from the press regarding the foreign policy disaster. Meanwhile, Taliban fighters have seized control of Afghanistan as well as billions of dollars in U.S. military weapons and equipment.
“A great, great sense of responsibility”
Furthermore, thousands of Americans and allies remain trapped behind enemy lines in the war-torn nation as the Taliban hunts down Afghan citizens who assisted the U.S. over the past two decades.
The Daily Wire published an article arguing that it is fair to paint Harris with the same brush as Biden in the Afghanistan debacle considering her proclamations that she is the “last one in the room” when the president reaches major decisions.
“He and I are in almost every meeting together, have made almost every decision together,” she told CNN’s Dana Bash. “So 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.”
Biden acknowledged that he was focused on selecting a woman of color to be his running mate, but Americans are increasingly concerned that he did not find a candidate with the requisite skills needed to take over for him if necessary.
As a result, it is hardly surprising that many Biden voters now regret supporting him in November’s election.