Kamala Harris Ranked Least Popular Vice President in Modern History, Report Finds
Recent polls show unusually high disapproval ratings
Democrat Kamala Harris has been ranked as the least popular vice president in modern history, a new report has found.
After just over six months in office, Harris, a likely 2024 presidential candidate, has plummeted in popularity with voters to become one of the most unpopular VPs since the 1970s.
A weekend report in the Telegraph compiled recent polling results to establish how Harris is viewed by voters across the board.
The report notes that “two recent polls both showed 46 percent of Americans approved of Harris, with 47 percent and 48 percent disapproving.”
According to Gallup, the Telegraph noted, 42.1 percent approved of former Vice President Mike Pence’s performance at the same point in his term while 41.9 percent disapproved.
"The previous vice president — Biden — had an approval rating above 50 percent after six months,” the report states.
"Before that Dick Cheney, and Al Gore, were in the 60s at the same stage,” the report continues.
"Even Dan Quayle, the much-mocked vice president of George H.W. Bush, had an approval rating of 43 percent, and disapproval of just 22 percent, with 34 percent undecided.
"Bush himself was a popular vice president under Ronald Reagan, as was his predecessor Walter Mondale, who became Jimmy Carter’s vice president in 1976,” the report concludes.
Despite efforts to connect with young voters, Harris struggles to maintain a favorable image with America’s youth.
A recent Economist/YouGov poll the Telegraph also highlighted found 41 percent of voters ages 18-29 had an “unfavorable” view of Harris.
Only 36 percent of the same group viewed her “favorably.”
A recent survey from the Convention of States Action and Trafalgar Group found that a majority of likely voters, and almost half of Democrats, do not believe Harris is ready to step into the presidential role.
Professor Larry Sabato, the Director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, says Harris has made "mistakes" that have caused he soaring unpopularity.
"Biden has given her some very tough assignments — immigration and voting rights,” Prof. Sabato said.
"But she hasn’t helped herself, she’s made some mistakes, like not going to the border."