Joe Biden is struggling to choose a running mate, and it might have something to do with the fact that most Americans believe that whoever he chooses is more likely to become president than any other vice president in recent history.
Rasmussen poll released Monday revealed that a majority of American voters believe that Biden will be replaced by his vice president in the oval office within his first term.
The survey asked 1,000 potential voters “if Biden is elected in November, how likely is it that his running mate will be president before the end of Biden’s four-year term – very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely or not at all likely?”
A whopping 59 percent responded that they believe Biden will be unable to serve all four years of his first term, and of those, 39 percent believe the potential for Biden’s VP taking over is “very likely.”
The survey found that roughly half of Democrat voters, 49 percent, also tend to believe it is “likely” that Biden’s running mate will take on the presidency during his first term. Nearly three-fourths of Republicans, 73 percent, and 57 percent of independent voters, hold the same view.
Even Democrats have been forced to tacitly acknowledge that Biden is simply a placeholder, making Biden’s choice of VP possibly more consequential than the initial nomination of Biden himself.
Interestingly, despite a consensus that Biden is unlikely to be able to serve all four years of his first term, less than half of the respondents indicated that “Biden’s choice of a running mate is important to their vote this fall.”
Biden has reportedly narrowed his speculative VP choices down to en. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, though Biden also reportedly met with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week.