Vice President Kamala Harris has the lowest popular approval since she took office in January, according to Real Clear Politics (RCP) data. Her numbers are the lowest the vice presidency has been since Walter Mondale in the late 1970s.
As reported by the Los Angeles Times on Monday, as of July 27, 48% of voters polled had an unfavorable opinion of Harris’ performance, while 45% approve of her job.
After just six months in office, Harris’ approval has been falling since mid-March, when she reached her highest popularity with nearly 50% of registered voters.
YouGov gives him a disapproval rating of 49% and a favorable response of 45%, and agrees with RCP that this is the highest unfavorable rating since he took office.
According to The Telegraph, Harris’ unpopularity is lower today than it was for former Vice President Mike Pence 6 months into his tenure, who in this same period, in 2017, reached 41.9 % disapproval, although 42.1 % had a favorable opinion then.
Harris’ approval began to decline after she was assigned the responsibility of dealing with issues related to illegal migration and the problem at the southern border. According to the LA Times report, her performance in that task meant a plunge in her popularity, with unfavorable opinions surpassing favorable ones as of June.
The decline worsened that month, when Harris had her disastrous interview with Lester Holt for NBC, where she bristled at a question about why she had not visited the border and generated a barrage of criticism. It was during that interview that Holt denied Harris: “You haven’t been to the border.”
Following the interview, Harris traveled to Guatemala and Mexico, where she asked migrants “Not to come” to the United States while ignoring public calls for her to visit the border.
Harris finally announced he would visit the border after former President Donald Trump indicated he would accompany Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas to take a close look at the problem. Harris insisted for months that her role in the vice presidency was not to deal with the border, but to advance diplomatic efforts that would lead to a solution.