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54% Say Obama Qualified To Be President, 47% Say Biden Is Not

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Most voters agree that Barack Obama is qualified to be president, but nearly as many don’t think Vice President Joe Biden is qualified to take his place.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters now think Obama is qualified to be president. Thirty-nine percent (39%) disagree. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

In June of last year, 51% rated Obama qualified to be president versus 44% who said he was not qualified.

Just 34% of voters feel Biden, a longtime U.S. senator from Delaware before being elected vice president, is qualified to move up to the presidency. Forty-seven percent (47%) say he is not qualified to be chief executive. Nineteen percent (19%) are not sure.

By comparison, 49% say former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is qualified to be president. Twenty-five percent disagree, and another 25% are not sure.  Romney is the only Republican 2012 hopeful that a sizable number of voters considers qualified to be president. Sarah Palin is the one they view as least qualified, but, at this early stage, many voters are still in the dark about all the possible candidates.

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The national survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on June 2-3, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/-3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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