Vice President Kamala Harris continues to bomb in the polls.
According to Breitbart, two recent polls show that Harris is one of the least popular vice presidents in over four decades.
The two polls were conducted by Gallup and YouGov. In both of those polls, 46 percent of Americans approved of Harris. In one of those polls, however, 47 percent of Americans disapproved of Harris and in the other poll 48 percent disapproved.
As Breitbart points out, vice presidents have enjoyed popularity for decades at this six-month point, which is where Harris is at.
President Joe Biden, when he was vice president under Barrack Obama, for example, had an approval rating in the 50s at this time. The previous vice president, Dick Cheney, had an approval rating in the 60s at this time, and the same could be said for Al Gore.
The one recent exception is Mike Pence, who had an approval rating, at the six-month point, of 42.1 percent and a disapproval rating of 41.9 percent. There, however, is a key difference between Pence and Harris: the mainstream media villainized Pence while it has had nothing but praise for Harris.
It’s telling that despite this praise, Harris still can’t get decent polling numbers. And, this is something that the Democrats are well aware of.
The Harris problem
The New York Post reports that there are some Democrats who are concerned that Harris is a liability both for 2022 and 2024.
In terms of the 2022 midterms, the concern is that Harris’s campaigning for Democratic candidates is actually more of a bane than a boon.
One Democratic strategist, for example, told The Hill, “as of right now, I think she has the potential of doing more harm than good for some of these candidates.” The strategist added, “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 2024 situation, however, is even more serious. With the possibility of Biden not running again, the Democrats could end up stuck with Harris, and as the polls indicate, this would be bad news.
As another Democratic strategist put it, “If Biden doesn’t run [in 2024], is there comfort with her as the nominee? I’m not sure.”