Kamala Harris overtakes Biden in approval ratings for the first time

Since the day she took office, Vice President Kamala Harris’ popularity has consistently lagged behind that of her boss, President Joe Biden. That situation, however, recently reversed.

As the Daily Caller pointed out this week, new polling data revealed that Harris is now more popular than Biden. 

That’s the embarrassing picture painted for the president by a Gallup poll conducted Sept. 1 through Sept. 17. It found that only 43% of Americans approve of Biden’s job performance compared with 53% who disapprove.

In contrast, Harris’ approval rating stands at 49% while another 49% indicated that they disapprove of her job performance, so far.

Biden’s decline

The reversal isn’t due to an upswing in confidence in Harris, not by any stretch, but instead, is indicative of how much support Biden appears to be losing across the country, notably on the heels of his Afghanistan foreign policy debacle.

According to Gallup, the president enjoyed an approval rating of 57% in January and that rating never dropped below 54% throughout the early months of his presidency.

Yet, in July, that figure dropped to 50% and has been on a downward trajectory ever since, falling to 49% in August before dropping to 43% this month. Biden’s popularity plummet coincides with his botched pullout from Afghanistan that left 13 U.S. service members dead along with a spike in COVID-19 infections in certain parts of the country.

Gallup acknowledged that Biden has seen a modest decline in partisan support, with his approval rate falling from 98% to 90% among registered Democrats.

Independent problems

However, his most significant plunge in approval was observed among independent voters, an ultra-critical voting bloc for any politician. While he enjoyed the support of 61% of independents at the beginning of the year, that figure has since declined to a dismal 37%.

Although that number is higher than the 31% of independents who supported President Donald Trump at this point in his presidency, it is lower than the number who backed Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.

In its report, Gallup concluded: “Biden’s latest approval rating further cements the fact that the honeymoon phase of his presidency is behind him.”

“Political independents, who were part of the coalition that helped him defeat Trump in 2020, now largely disapprove of the job he is doing as president.”

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