The polls have not been kind to Vice President Kamala Harris of late, with the Real Clear Average of surveys now putting her at an under-water favorability of 44.3 percent — notably lower than her unfavorability of 46.3 percent.
The slump in satisfaction with the veep comes after several weeks of tough news cycles surrounding her handling of the border crisis and reports of disharmony and dysfunction in her office.
Harris’ numbers lag way behind those of her boss, Joe Biden, who boasts a 51.8 percent approval rate, compared to 42.8 percent who disapprove of his job performance according to the RCP average.
In the most recent poll, a YouGov survey, only 18-29-year-olds had had a more positive than negative view of the vice president, while all other age groups had more detractors than supporters.
Late last month, Harris finally took a trip near the US border with Mexico after weeks of hesitation that featured testy exchanges with reporters who wondered why the person put in charge of the border crisis response by Biden was not going there?
In one interview, a defensive Harris told NBC’s Lester Holt “we’ve been to the border,” when he pointed out that she had not personally gone as vice president she snapped back with, “And I haven’t been to Europe,’ And I mean, I don’t understand the point that you’re making. I’m not discounting the importance of the border.”
The White House defended Harris saying that her responsibility was for “root causes” of the crisis, not the border itself, but according to this latest polling that excuse does not seem to have satisfied voters.
Adding to Harris’ public woes was a report in Politico in which 22 sources confirmed big trouble in her office, including one who said, “It’s not a healthy environment and people often feel mistreated. It’s not a place where people feel supported but a place where people feel treated like s—.”
The June report mirrored similar concerns raised during the 2020 campaign when a frustrated senior staffer admitted that, “I have never seen an organization treat its staff so poorly.”
Harris might have less time than most first term vice presidents to cure what is ailing her popularity given the unusual amount of speculation that Biden, who is 78, could opt to only serve one term.
Viewed by many as a top-tier candidate in the 2020 primary she never broke through in that race, by the time she dropped out in December of 2019 her polling numbers had sagged to a mere 3.3 percent.