Most American voters disagree with President Barack Obama’s view on presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s qualifications to succeed him as the next US president, a poll has found.
During a joint campaign event in North Carolina last week, Obama said, “There has never ever been any man or woman more qualified for this office” than the former first lady.
A Rasmussen survey released Monday, however, found that only 22 percent of likely voters had the same idea about Clinton and an overwhelming 65 percent thought the opposite.
The pollsters said they did not mention Obama’s name in the poll to get more accurate answers.
The statement even failed to appeal to Democratic-leaning voters as only 42 percent of them agreed with the notion. The figure for likely Republican voters was 5 percent.
The result shows that Obama’s plans to boost the former secretary of state’s image among voters have fallen flat.
He endorsed Clinton in early June and planned a series of campaign events with her to improve her low public approval, particularly among minorities.
Another significant finding of the poll was the rise of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump in approval ratings.
Some 40 percent of voters now think Trump is qualified to lead the US, putting him only one percentage point behind Clinton. A sizable 19 percent said they were still undecided in this regard.
This is while in April, nearly 50 percent of likely voters thought Clinton was fit for the top job, compared to Trump’s 27 percent.
Despite nationwide dissatisfaction with both candidates, Clinton still leads Trump in terms of overall support, according to most opinion polls, but she has lost her double-digit lead over the real-estate mogul.
According to a survey released by the Pew Research Center on Thursday, Clinton holds a 9-point margin over Trump, 51 percent to 42 percent.
A Gallup poll found earlier this month that both candidates are currently among the least-favorable US presidential candidates of the last 70 years.