After six months on the job, Kamala Harris has a 47% unfavorable rating.
Often pollsters use one question as a proxy for another. For a President, favorability relates to the perception of their work on the job. For a Vice President, favorability relates to their appeal and potential prospects.
A recent poll from Politico-Morning Consult shows that Kamala Harris’s future is dim. When 45% of respondents view you favorably, and 47% view you unfavorably, that’s a problem. Presumably, Harris is planning her political future, either taking over a beleaguered Biden Administration when he steps down, is removed, or sticking around long enough to run on her own. If this poll has any impact on her electoral strategy, it more than likely secures her use of an unconventional path to the presidency.
In many surveys, the link between the favorable view of a President can be tied to the question, “Now, generally speaking, would you say that things in the country are going in the right direction, or have they pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track?” According to Morning Consult, this question reached maximum polarization for the last five years around January 18, 2021. 80% of respondents said the country was going in the wrong direction, and 20% said the government was going in the right direction.
Predictably, these lines converged, showing that the country is more unified, or at least less divided, since the inauguration of Joe Biden. Americans are happy that the election nonsense is over, with no ads, debates, or talking heads for at least a year.
Many stories compare the impotent Mike Pence to the odious Kamala Harris at this stage in their reigns as second in command. But this is a false analogy and reflects the fact that polling like this does not attempt to reveal the reasons why people like or dislike someone.
However, the Politico-Morning Consult survey of 1,990 registered voters does not bode well for Kamala Harris. Of course, the media will spin this as negative perceptions rooted in racists who hate strong Baptist Asian Indian African women of color. But the truth runs much deeper than religion, skin color, and national origin.
One voting block that Democrats are primarily focused on is white college-educated suburban women. However, reaching soccer moms or CRT protesters may be a problem for Harris. Just 3% of GOP women view Harris favorably, the lowest demographic breakout.
Also, when only 5% of respondents report “no opinion,” Harris has almost achieved what pollsters call “perfect polarity.” It occurs when support and opposition are split nearly half and half. Conducted from July 16 to 18, the survey has a margin of error of 2%. Respondents in the Economist-YouGov poll July 10 to 13 had a similar view of Harris. She was viewed favorably by 44% and unfavorably by 48%
More voters disapprove than approve of Vice President Kamala Harris. Could this relate to her failed attempt to divert attention from the immigration crisis? While in Guatemala, she snickered when asked about visiting the southern US border. Her toxic reply was to compare illegal immigration to a sightseeing docket in Europe. Then when she did go to the Texas southern border, she avoided the Rio Grande Valley, where the real problems lie.
Harris is also being exposed as a poor manager and lousy leader if massive staff resignations say anything about her executive abilities.