Former vice president Joe Biden is expected to announce his vice presidential running mate any day now, and most voters think it is likely that person will be president within the next four years if Biden is elected in November.
According to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey shows that 59% of Likely U.S. Voters believe it’s likely Biden’s running mate will take over the president before the end of Biden’s four-year term if he wins this fall, with 39% who say it’s Very Likely.
Thirty-five percent (35%) consider it unlikely that Biden’s vice presidential choice will be president before his four-year term ends, but that includes only 14% who think it’s Not At All Likely.
Even 49% of Democrats think it’s likely Biden’s vice president will become president in the next four years, although that compares to 73% of Republicans and 57% of voters not affiliated with either major party.
According to the survey a 49% of Democrats backing up others that have found many in the party don’t care who is elected as long as it’s not President Trump.
Just over half of voters continue to say they’re likely to vote against Trump this fall, and a sizable majority of those voters don’t seem to care who runs against him, said Rasmussen.
The survey did not indicate or ask likely voters what they expect to happen that would push a President Biden from office, elevating his vice presidential pick. There have been other surveys, however, suggesting that some voters believe the former vice president has cognitive issues.
The younger the voter, the more convinced they are that Biden is unlikely to finish a four-year term if elected president. But most voters in nearly every demographic category think it’s likely his running mate will become president in the next four years.
Joe Biden received a lot of pressure from the Black Lives Matters movement to choose a black woman as his running mate.
Senator Kamala Harris and Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice lead the race to become the former vice president's running mate.
Biden has promised to name a black woman as his running mate, so it is not surprising that his choice is more important to blacks than to whites and other minority voters.
Blacks and other minorities are much more convinced that Biden’s running mate will assume the presidency within the next four years.