A large majority of voters don't equate business success with political success, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll released Monday.
Seventy-one percent of voters surveyed say they don't think a millionaire’s business experience automatically translates to political success.
A majority of voters said the same of billionaires — that even that level of business success doesn't necessarily lead to being successful in politics.
Of those surveyed in the nationwide poll, 76 percent said they wouldn't link a billionaire’s background in business to their political success, while another 24 percent said that these business skills were vital to a candidate’s political success.
The sentiment was largely shared across party lines.
Most notably, 67 percent of those respondents who identified as Republican said that business skills don't translate to the political world, compared to 81 percent of those who identified as independents and 82 percent of those who identified as Democrats.
Prior to running for office, President TrumpDonald TrumpMedia giants side with Bannon on request to release Jan. 6 documents Cheney warns of consequences for Trump in dealings with Jan. 6 committee Jan. 6 panel recommends contempt charges for Trump DOJ official MORE was a businessman and former reality TV star. Based on his real estate holdings and various business dealings, Forbes estimates that the president is worth roughly $3.1 billion, though his net worth has yet to be confirmed given that the president hasn't released his tax returns.
The crowded Democratic primary field currently boasts three candidates who made a name for themselves in the business world.
Tom SteyerTom SteyerYouth voting organization launches M registration effort in key battlegrounds Overnight Energy: 'Eye of fire,' Exxon lobbyist's comments fuel renewed attacks on oil industry | Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline | More than 75 companies ask Congress to pass clean electricity standard Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline MORE was a former hedge fund manager before becoming a Democratic activist, while fellow billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergThe economic challenges facing Jerome Powell and Joe Biden Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Democrats are sleepwalking towards electoral disaster in 2022 MORE started his own media company Bloomberg L.P.
Andrew YangAndrew YangAmerican elections are getting less predictable; there's a reason for that Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run At 28 percent approval, say goodbye to Kamala Harris being Plan B to an aging Biden MORE, whose net worth is estimated to be in the millions, meanwhile got his start as a tech entrepreneur. He most notably took over test prep company Manhattan Prep as CEO before later founding the nonprofit Venture for America in 2011.
All three candidates are currently polling in the single digits, according to RealClearPolitics average of national polls. Bloomberg boasts 7.7 percent support, compared to Yang’s 4.7 percent and Steyer’s 1.9 percent.
So far, Bloomberg and Yang have qualified for January’s debate in Iowa. They are set to join former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden and Harris host 'family' Hanukkah celebration with more than 150 guests Symone Sanders to leave the White House at the end of the year Overnight Defense & National Security — Senate looks to break defense bill stalemate MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSymone Sanders to leave the White House at the end of the year Briahna Joy Gray says Chris Cuomo will return to CNN following scandal Postal Service expansion into banking services misguided MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren calls on big banks to follow Capital One in ditching overdraft fees Crypto firm top executives to testify before Congress Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker won't seek reelection MORE (D-Mass.), former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegFeehery: Why Democrats are now historically unpopular Harris, Buttigieg to promote infrastructure law in Charlotte 'Fox & Friends Weekend' hosts suggest new variant meant to distract from Biden's struggles MORE, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHouse passes bipartisan bills to strengthen network security, cyber literacy Klobuchar confident spending bill will be finished before Christmas Sunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variant emerges; supply chain issues and inflation persist MORE (D-Minn.).
The Hill-HarrisX survey was conducted online among 2,003 registered voters between Jan. 20-22. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.19 percentage points.
— Tess Bonn