Despite making history as the first woman of color to assume the vice presidency, new polling data revealed that Vice President Kamala Harris has remarkably little appeal.
Harris’ lack of popularity has some wondering how much of an influential role she’ll play in next year’s midterm elections, with one unnamed Democratic strategist suggesting that “she may do more harm than good” to Democratic candidates, The Hill reported.
As the New York Post reported last week, an Economist/YouGov poll found that Harris’ job approval rating stands at just 46%, with 48% of Americans saying they disapprove of how she has handled her duties.
Just 23% of respondents said they had a favorable impression of Harris, compared to 40% who said they regarded the vice president unfavorably.
Harris performing badly
Although Harris did better among Black Americans, 65% of whom gave her a “favorable” or “very favorable” rating, the support was by no means universal, as a total of 21% of respondents in that group saw her in an “unfavorable” or “very unfavorable” light.
Regionally, Harris garnered her worst numbers with residents of the Midwest and South, where her combined unfavourability ratings stood at 51% and 50%, respectively.
She also performs poorly among most age groups, with only those aged 30-44 being more likely to express a favorable view of her than an unfavorable one.
The survey doesn’t appear to be an outlier, as last month’s Real Clear Average polling results gave her an unfavorability rating of 46.3%. In comparison, President Joe Biden’s unfavorability average came in at 42.8%.
“One crisis after another”
The numbers could be due, in part, to public dissatisfaction over Harris’ handling of the ongoing immigration crisis at the southern U.S. border — a problem that the president tasked her with addressing earlier this year.
“The Biden-Harris agenda has created one crisis after another,” Republican National Committee spokesman Nathan Brand told the Post. “Harris, Biden’s border czar, has proven incapable of reversing the administration’s open border policies, only making the border crisis worse,” Brand added.
Meanwhile, an unnamed political strategist told The Hill that when it comes time to hit the 2022 midterms campaign trail, Harris “has the potential of doing more harm than good for some of these candidates.”
“My sense is she’ll probably raise a lot of money and maybe she’ll go to some specific districts, but they’ll have to be really strategic with her,” the source reportedly said.