The polls have not been kind to Vice President Kamala Harris of late, with polls’ actual clear average now putting her at an underwater favorability of 44.3 percent – notably less than her unfavorability of 46.3 percent.
The drop in satisfaction with Veep comes after several weeks of difficult news cycles surrounding his handling of the border crisis and reports of dissatisfaction and dysfunction in his office.
Harris’ numbers lag behind that of his boss, Joe Biden, who boasts a 51.8 percent approval rate compared to 42.8 percent, who disapproves of his job performance, according to the RCP average.
In the most recent survey, a YouGov Survey, only 18–29 year olds had more positive than negative attitudes to the vice, while all other age groups had more detractors than supporters.
Late last month, Harris made a trip near the US border with Mexico after weeks of hesitation, sparking acrimonious conversation with reporters who wondered why the man in charge of Biden’s response to the border crisis was not going there. ?
In an interview, a defensive Harris told NBC’s Lester Holt, “We’ve gone to the border,” when he pointed out that she didn’t personally go to the vice president, adding, “And I haven’t been to Europe. “And I mean, I don’t understand the point you’re making. I am not downplaying the importance of limits.”
The White House defended Harris, saying his responsibility was for the “root causes” of the crisis, not the extent, but that excuse does not seem to satisfy voters, according to this latest poll.
Adding to Harris’ public woes a report in politico In which 22 sources confirmed the big trouble in his office, with one saying, “It is not a healthy environment and people often feel abused. It is not a place where people feel supported, but a place where people feel supported.” where people are treated like—”
The June report reflected similar concerns raised during the 2020 campaign when a frustrated senior employee admitted that, “I’ve never seen an organization treat its employees so poorly.”
Harris may have less time than most first-term vice presidents, bucking his popularity, given the unusual amount of speculation that Biden, who is 78, would serve only one term. can choose to do.
Seen by many as a top-tier candidate in the 2020 primary, she has never broken out in that race, with her turnout count at only 3.3 percent by the time she dropped out in December of 2019.