According to a recent survey conducted by NBC News, Vice President Kamala Harris has become the least popular vice president in the history of their polling. Only 32% of registered voters have a positive perception of her performance, marking an unprecedented low that surpasses previous records held by past vice presidents.
The survey reveals a strong negative sentiment surrounding Harris, with a considerable 49% of respondents expressing a negative opinion. Among this group, a significant 39% hold a ‘very negative’ view of her tenure thus far. As a result, the Vice President’s overall rating stands at a net-negative of -17, which is unfortunate and sets a new record in the history of this poll.
To provide context for these numbers, it is worth noting that back in October 2019, then-Vice President Mike Pence had a relatively even rating with 34% of respondents expressing a positive view and 38% expressing a negative view. This resulted in a net-negative rating of -4. This starkly contrasts with the current situation surrounding Vice President Kamala Harris.
The gravity of the situation becomes even more apparent when considering historical comparisons. In December 2010, the current President Joe Biden, who was then serving as vice president, had a slightly positive rating with 34% of respondents viewing him positively and 33% viewing him negatively, resulting in a net positive rating of +1.
NBC POLL: VP Kamala Harris’ net-negative rating (-17) is the lowest for any vice president in the poll’s history.— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) June 26, 2023
• Cheney: 47/24 (net +23)
• Gore: 42/27 (+15)
• Biden: 34/33 (+1)
• Pence: 34/38 (-4)
• Harris: 32/49 (-17)https://t.co/Mwa3sCZ2rQ pic.twitter.com/T5jqxa9mRR
Taking a further look back in history, in May 2003, Dick Cheney enjoyed a significantly positive public sentiment, with 47% of respondents expressing a positive view compared to only 24% expressing a negative view. This gave Cheney a net positive rating of +23.
In March 1995, Al Gore, during his tenure as vice president, received positive feedback from 42% of respondents while 27% held a negative view. This resulted in a net positive rating of +15 for Gore.
The current rating of Vice President Kamala Harris represents a significant departure from these historical trends, indicating a notable shift in public perception.
The most recent NBC News poll indicates a shift in the Republican Party’s presidential race. Despite being federally indicted in the classified documents investigation, former President Donald Trump has increased his lead among potential GOP candidates. According to the poll, Trump now has the support of 51% of Republican primary voters, a 5-point rise since April.
The poll also highlights a decline in the popularity of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who currently holds the support of 22% of GOP primary voters, a significant drop of 9 points since April. Other potential Republican candidates, such as former Vice President Mike Pence, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, trail behind with support levels of 7%, 5%, and 4% respectively.
In a head-to-head contest between Trump and DeSantis, Trump leads with 60% compared to DeSantis’s 36%. Interestingly, Trump performs well among “very conservative” GOP voters, those without college degrees, and Republicans aged 65 and older. DeSantis, on the other hand, gains support from “moderate/liberal” Republicans, those with college degrees, and voters aged 18-49.
Despite the recent decrease in support, there is some positive news for DeSantis. He maintains a high favorability/unfavorability rating among Republican primary voters (60% favorable to 17% unfavorable), which is slightly lower than Trump’s rating of 65% favorable to 23% unfavorable. DeSantis is also the most popular “second-choice” candidate and performs better than Trump in a hypothetical general election against President Biden.
The poll reveals a divided Republican Party, with 49% of respondents wanting Trump to be the GOP’s leader, 21% open to other leaders (although they believe Trump was a good president), and 29% seeking a new leader with better behavior and a different approach. However, in a field with multiple candidates, Trump’s 49% support is significant.