With inflation and urban decay on the rise, many Americans have been left feeling that the 1970s are back. It turns out the similarities are not so superficial.
Vice President Kamala Harris is the most unpopular vice president America has had in fifty years, The Telegraph reported. The sobering finding underscores the dramatic free-fall that Harris has suffered since she arrived into the role of vice president after months of partisan cheerleading from the media.
Most unpopular VP since 1970s
In The Telegraph’s report, it was revealed that the White House is planning to exercise more discretion from now on in how it deputizes Harris before the midterms — suggesting they see her as a possible liability — and they will try to shore up her reputation “by sending her on foreign trips in the coming months.”
The recalibration comes as dire polling data underscores reports of anxiety inside the White House over Harris’s unpopularity and stunning incompetence.
The newspaper cited “two recent polls [that] showed 46 percent of Americans approved of Harris, with 47 percent and 48 percent disapproving.”
She is underperforming compared to her immediate predecessor, former Vice President Mike Pence, who just barely maintained a net positive rating at this time in his tenure, the report said.
And Harris is faring significantly worse than vice presidents stretching from Biden — who is also more popular than her now in his current role — to Dan Quayle, George H.W. Bush, and Walter Mondale, who lost in a landslide in the 1984 presidential election despite being a relatively popular vice president.
Crash and burn
The White House is particularly concerned that Harris is unpopular with young voters, a key Democratic constituency, with a recent Economist/YouGov poll finding that 41% of voters aged 18-29 had an “unfavorable” view of her.
In recent weeks, reports have surfaced of worries among Democrats that Harris is a weak candidate for the 2024 presidential election and a potential liability in the 2022 midterms, as accounts of dysfunction within her office raise doubts about her political potential.
Her incompetence was on stark display during her first foreign trip, to Latin America, which was overshadowed by an interview in which she was unable to explain why she had not been to the southern U.S. border at the time to address the immigration crisis there.
“Biden has given her some very tough assignments – immigration and voting rights – but she hasn’t helped herself, she’s made some mistakes, like not going to the border,” Professor Larry Sabato, Director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, told The Telegraph.
Some in the media are trying to cushion Harris’s dramatic crash and burn by blaming “racism” and “sexism” in the electorate.