Let’s take a few minutes to look ahead to the 2024 presidential race.
A new poll indicates that the Democrats have a big problem: Vice President Kamala Harris is wildly unpopular.
Americans disapprove of Harris
YouGov conducted an online poll from May 1st to the 4th, asking 1,500 U.S. adults various questions, including their opinion of Harris. In general, opinions were not very high.
YouGov found that, without taking into account party affiliation, 48 percent of American adults had an unfavorable opinion of Harris compared to only 41 percent who had a favorable opinion of her.
When one breaks those numbers down by party affiliation, though, one realizes that the only reason Harris did that well was because of Democratic participants.
That’s because 74 percent of Democrats said that they viewed Harris favorably. In contrast, an overwhelming 84 percent of Republican and 57 percent of Independent respondents held an unfavorable opinion of Harris.
And, in case you were wondering, YouGov reported a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points, which is not enough to save Harris.
To put these numbers into perspective, Harris, here, polled worse than former Vice President Mike Pence, despite the fact that Pence was continuously demonized by the mainstream media, which does nothing but praise Harris and paint her in a positive light.
What exactly is driving Harris’s polling numbers down so low is not exactly clear as participants were not asked what it is that they don’t like about Harris.
Recently, Harris has been receiving a lot of criticism for her handling of the southern border crisis. Although this could be playing a role, the fact of the matter is that Harris has been unpopular with Americans since at least her presidential run in 2020.
What this means, as the Washington Examiner recently pointed out, is that the Democrats have a 2024 problem. It is clear from the way things are going that Democrats are trying to move toward a Harris presidency, but with polling numbers like these, that is just not going to happen.
So, if President Biden is not up to the task of running again in 2024, the Democrats are going to have a difficult time competing with the Republican candidate if they choose Harris as their candidate.