(UnitedVoice.com) – It was a historic day when Vice President Kamala Harris took the Oath of Office. She became the first woman to serve in the second-highest position in the federal government and the first black person to hold the job. Harris hasn’t had an easy time on the job, though, and the American people aren’t impressed. She’s now receiving backlash for a claim she made.
On July 21, ABC News’ Linsey Davis spoke to Harris. During the conversation, she brought up a June NBC News poll that found 49% of Americans viewed her negatively. She had a net approval rating of -17, the lowest in history for a vice president. Davis asked the veep how much she thought race and gender impacted her approval rating.
Harris responded by saying, “Well, there are polls that also say I have great approval ratings.” Users on the social media platform X, formerly Twitter, mocked the vice president. RNC Research posted a clip of the interview with a cringing emoji.
"There are reports that say you have the lowest approval rating of any vice president…"
KAMALA HARRIS: "Well, there are polls that also say I have great approval ratings!"
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 31, 2023
Others commented that no such polls exist. Sean Spicer, former White House press secretary, prompted Harris to name one of those polls. Another user said that Democratic Party lives “in an alternative universe.”
Pollster FiveThirtyEight keeps a running record of the various polls and averages them out. Currently, Harris has a disapproval rating of 51.2% and an approval rating of 40.2%. Of all of the polls used to come to that average, none of them show her with an approval rating higher than her disapproval rating. In fact, the latter is more than 50% in every single poll.
President Joe Biden’s approval ratings aren’t much better. FiveThirtyEight noted his average is 41.6% approval and 54.2% disapproval. Like Harris, the disapproval rating is higher than his approval in every single poll.
Those numbers could spell disaster for Biden and Harris as they move toward the general election they hope to win.
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