Vice President Kamala Harris just got some embarrassing news.
A new poll found that Vice President Harris is “historically and shockingly unpopular,” according to the Washington Examiner.
The poll, conducted by YouGov between May 1-4, asked 1,500 U.S. adults whether they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Harris.
Overall, only 41% of participants had a favorable opinion of Harris, while 48% had an unfavorable opinion of her. Ten percent weren’t sure either way.
When party affiliation is factored in, the numbers get even more extreme. Around 74% of Democrats said they view the vice president favorably, compared to only 32% of Independents and 12% of Republicans.
To put it another way, more Republicans, 84%, had an unfavorable opinion of Harris than Democrats had a favorable opinion of her. Around 57% of independents also said their view was unfavorable, while 4% of Republicans and 11% of Independents weren’t sure.
The margin of error for the survey was plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.
Harris compared to her predecessors
These numbers, in and of themselves, are clearly bad. But adding some context sheds light on how bad they really are.
According to the Examiner, Harris’ immediate predecessor, former Vice President Mike Pence managed to outperform Harris with a 42% as opposed to a 41% favorability rating, even with his largely negative portrayal by the mainstream media.
Before Pence, it was then-Vice President Joe Biden, and as would have been expected, he at one point had nearly a 60% favorability rating before trailing off into the 40s. Former Vice President Dick Cheney also managed a 60% favorability rating.
All in all, this means that Harris is the most unpopular vice president America has had in some time. That news won’t come as much of a surprise to many, considering her abysmal performance as the one chosen to deal with the situation at the southern border, as well as the fact that she wasn’t at all popular as a Democratic candidate. The hope for Democrats was that, upon making Harris vice president, the country would warm up to her, but this is clearly not happening.
Looking forward, as the Examiner noted, this may turn into a problem for the Democrats if they were hoping for Harris to make a presidential run of her own in 2024.