Town Hall – Despite her position as the most unpopular vice president in polling history, Kamala Harris remains undeterred in her belief that her approval ratings are stronger than critics suggest. In a recent pre-taped interview with ABC News’ Linsey Davis, Harris defended herself against poor poll numbers by claiming, without evidence, that “there are polls that also say I have great approval ratings!”
However, a June NBC News poll paints a different picture, revealing that 49 percent of voters held a negative view of Harris, while only 32 percent had a positive one. Moreover, aggregating data from various sources, RealClearPolitics (RCP) has her favorable rating at a mere 37.6 percent and an unfavorable rating of 53.1 percent, resulting in a spread of -15.5.
The situation gets even bleaker when looking at other polls. For instance, a Marquette Law School poll from the previous month showed that Harris had a meager 33 percent favorable rating, with a staggering 58 percent viewing her unfavorably, leading to an overwhelming -25 spread.
The most favorable recent poll included in RCP’s averages came from an Economist/YouGov survey conducted from May 20-23, where 46 percent of respondents had a favorable view of Harris, while 50 percent viewed her unfavorably, resulting in a slightly better but still negative spread of -5. These numbers, however, are far from the “great approval ratings” Harris claimed to have.
Harris’ evasive response to Davis’ question about the role of race and gender in her polling numbers drew criticism as well. Instead of addressing the issue, Harris deflected, saying, “I think the point that has to be made is that there are attempts to create distractions away from the accomplishments of our administration.”
The Biden administration, in general, is also facing public scrutiny. President Joe Biden’s approval ratings stand at a modest 40.7 percent favorable and a significant 54.8 percent unfavorable, with his overall approval rating barely surpassing 42.3 percent while 54.2 percent disapprove.
Harris attempted to defend the administration’s record by touting their claimed achievements. “We’ve created over 13 million jobs since we’ve been in office. Joe Biden and I have been responsible for 800,000 new manufacturing jobs in the United States, not to mention what we have done to restore America’s integrity on the international stage,” she asserted. However, these claims have been fact-checked extensively and deemed questionable by multiple sources.
The reality is that many of the jobs were a result of people returning to work after the pandemic-induced economic downturn. Despite the evidence, there are still individuals who buy into these misrepresentations and propagate them. Fox News’ “The Faulkner Focus” featured guest Jose Aristimuño, a former DNC press secretary, who downplayed Harris’ unfavorable ratings, stating, “I take polls with a grain of salt.” He cited past instances where polls failed to accurately predict election outcomes, such as Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid in 2016. Nevertheless, Aristimuño acknowledged that polls do have some value in revealing parts of the larger story.
While Aristimuño attempted to emphasize the Democrats’ efforts for economic recovery, Harris Faulkner pointed out that RCP data shows Biden’s approval rating on the economy to be a lackluster 38.1 percent, with a significant 57.9 percent disapproval.
Despite the persistently negative polling trends for Harris, Aristimuño still remained optimistic, suggesting that the polls fluctuate and that Democrats possess a “winning ticket.” However, the current numbers indicate that Harris has a long way to go before she can convince the majority of the American people otherwise.
In conclusion, Vice President Kamala Harris faces an uphill battle to improve her unfavorable poll numbers, which indicate she is the most unpopular vice president in history. Despite her claims of “great approval ratings,” the data from various polls contradicts her assertions. Moreover, the Biden administration, as a whole, is grappling with public disapproval. While some continue to defend the administration’s record, the numbers speak for themselves, and Harris will need to address these concerns directly if she hopes to improve her standing in the eyes of the American people.