New Rasmussen Poll: No Love for a Potential President Pence

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

With all the talk (in some circles) of Pence 2017, it’s interesting to see a poll on what Americans think of a potential President Pence.

If you believe the latest Rasmussen Poll, the answer to that would be… not much.

Rasmussen found that 26 percent of voters believe Pence would do a better job than Trump, and 45 percent disagree, saying the vice president would not be a better commander-in-chief than the president.

When asked whether Pence would make a better president than Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, 43 percent agreed and said the current vice president would do a better job.

Fifty percent, meanwhile, think Clinton would make a better chief executive than Pence.

Ouch.

It may be the lack of trust many have for Pence, given he endorsed Ted Cruz during the primaries, while he was still just Indiana’s governor, but the endorsement, during a key time period of the primary cycle, was so wishy-washy and pathetic, Trump later claimed that it was more of an endorsement for him.

It could be his total inability to hold Trump accountable on anything that creates a certain measure of distrust in his backbone (or lack thereof).

Mike Pence comes off as the gullible “Yes man” and hapless lackey, but not nearly the kind of resolute leader the nation needs.

As for Pence and the media, in this fantasy scenario of a President Pence, 12 percent of those polled believed that rather than block his agenda, the media would be more apt to help him than hurt him.

Only 10 percent believe the media is trying to help President Trump’s agenda. Another 48 percent polled in June said they felt the media was trying to help former President Obama.

This particular poll was conducted with 1,000 adult respondents and was conducted from July 16 to July 17.