It goes without saying that Vice President Kamala Harris’ first year in office has not gone well at all. She’s been a failure at every responsibility she’s been given by President Biden, most notably on the issue of getting to the bottom of the “root causes” of the ongoing border crisis, a crisis that was brought on by Biden’s open borders stance.
Unfortunately for Harris, it’s unlikely to get better considering multiple polls confirm that this is shaping up to be a very bad year for Democrats as we head into the 2022 midterms.
Joe Biden is the one who Democrats should be most grateful for in making their chances of winning the election or reelection worse, but Harris has also been dragging them down. Harris, just like Biden has witnessed her approval rating plummet over the past 12 months.
A new poll by the L.A. Times/UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies shows significant decline in support for Harris and her ex-senator Dianne Feinstein.
Views of Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s job performance have tumbled to the lowest point in her three-decade Senate career, with just 30% of California voters giving her positive marks in a new UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times.
Respondents also gave similar unenthusiastic scores to Vice President Kamala Hariri, whose popularity has dropped with 46% approval and 38% disapproval. But they are equally divided on their assessment of President Biden. Both Harris and Biden’s ratings have declined sharply since last summer due to falling poll numbers across the country.
Below is a chart that shows Harris’s position in 2021, and her current location. A 15 point drop:
Democrats are optimistic about 2022.
But step back and think about the fact that Biden’s approval rating *in California* is underwater right now, per new Berkeley IGS poll.
July 21, 59-37%
April 21, 62-34% pic.twitter.com/tnKpMYERym
— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) February 16, 2022
Perhaps most concerning about this particular poll for Harris is that she’s not even getting much support from her old stomping grounds:
Even in the regions of the state where she has a personal connection — the Bay Area, where she spent most of her life, and Los Angeles, where she has a house with husband Douglas Emhoff — her approval is only slightly higher than her statewide average.
“I get the sense from our polling the state hasn’t really warmed up to her as the sitting vice president,” [poll director Mark] DiCamillo said.
Are her blue state ratings important? In the event that Biden announces he’s retiring at the end of his first term, naturally, Harris would run in hopes that she could replace him in 2024. But as noted above, Harris is not even popular in her own state (which was true during the 2019 Democratic presidential primary contest as well), which would mean if she ran she could conceivably have a tough, expensive primary battle in her own backyard, spending millions in a state that ideally she’d have to invest little time in if her approval ratings were not in the basement.
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