Middle income Americans aren't just abandoning President Obama, but believe that his vice president is less qualified than Republican running mate Rep. Paul Ryan to be president.
By margins of up to 22 percent for those earning $60,000-$75,000, likely voters polled by Rasmussen Reports feel that the Wisconsin congressman most known for penning the austere House GOP budget has the chops to be president more than Joe Biden, a long-time senator before becoming vice president three years ago.
The poll tracks the Politico-George Washington University Battleground Poll that found Mitt Romney leading President Obama among the middle class by 14 points, a shocker to some who believed that Romney's wealthy background would be a turnoff to middle income workers.
According to Rasmussen, the rich and the poor chose Biden as the most qualified to be president, but likely voters earning $20,000-$75,000 picked Ryan.
Overall, however, the public is split 44 percent to 44 percent over who is better qualified to be commander-in-chief. The split is much larger when the vote is broken out among Democrats and Republicans and whites and blacks.
Men and women also split, with men favoring Ryan over Biden 55 percent to 38 percent and women choosing Biden 49 percent to 36 percent.