After getting off to what many might call a disastrous start in the role of vice president, a new poll has revealed that Kamala Harris has claimed the dubious honor of being among the least popular individuals to hold that position since the 1970s, as according to Breitbart
A report in the Telegraph noted that in two recently conducted surveys, Harris’ disapproval rate reached 47 and 48%, respectively, per Gallup poll results. The polling firm also noted that the most recent prior vice president, Mike Pence, notched just 42.1% approval at an identical point during his tenure.
These statistics stand in stark contrast to numerous recent vice presidents, including current President Joe Biden, who achieved approval ratings higher than 50% at the six-month point, with Al Gore and Dick Cheney, serving under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, respectively, reaching into the 60s in terms of approval percentages, as Breitbart noted.
George H.W. Bush, who went on to become president himself, enjoyed substantial popularity while serving as the second in command to former President Ronald Reagan, the Telegraph further added, as did Walter Mondale, who served under former President Jimmy Carter.
These results are not the only recent bad news for Harris, as a Morning Consult-Politico poll taken earlier this month showed that 47% of voters held an unfavorable opinion of the vice president, a decrease from the June version of the same poll, in which she had an even 46% favorable and 46% unfavorable rating among participants, according to The Hill.
The possible explanations for Americans’ dislike for Harris are many, including her handling of the southern border crisis, an issue for which she was tapped to serve as the administration’s point person back in March.
Not only did she refuse to visit the border for an extended period of time and claim she was assigned primarily to tackle “root causes” of mass migration and not the actual situation on the ground, when she did travel south, she engaged in little more than a photo-op hundreds of miles away from the hardest-hit zone.
Also plagued by reports that the office of the vice president is one in which staff are mistreated to the point of approaching “abuse,” Harris seems to court controversy with near-constant frequency, and recent remarks about voter identification that were perceived by many as insulting and condescending toward rural Americans did not help matters.
Given the obvious cognitive decline and weakened state of Biden just six months into his first term in office, and with Harris just a heartbeat away from top job, Democrats really need to be asking themselves if she is the right person to be their party’s heir apparent, and it seems likely that some very real buyer’s remorse has already set in.